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A bibliometric analysis of economic freedom: current status and future research directions

Anand Sharma (Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 25 April 2024




The purpose of this study is to examine and identify the predominant themes in the literature on economic freedom. The paper also highlights the key journals, leading authors, top countries and organisations in the literature on economic freedom.


This paper uses the Scopus database to examine 1,512 articles covering the disciplines of economics, finance, business and social sciences from 1942 to 2022. Vosviewer software is used for creating bibliometric networks.


The findings suggest that significant growth in the economic freedom literature has occurred in the last ten years. Considerable attention has been devoted to examining the relationship between economic freedom and growth. The paper also finds that most of the research on economic freedom has been undertaken in the context of developed countries.


This study is one of the first attempts to undertake a bibliometric analysis of economic freedom. The article also highlights the less-researched areas in the literature and thus provides directions for future research.

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I am extremely thankful to the editor and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.


Sharma, A. (2024), "A bibliometric analysis of economic freedom: current status and future research directions", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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