What Is a Classical Liberal Constitution?
By John A. Dove, Andrew T. Young
This article appeared in the Winter 2021/22 issue of The Independent Review.
While many scholars have explored the relationship between institutions and prosperity, few have considered how constitutional-level arrangements influence the institutional environment. Focusing on some aspects of constitutional design that classical liberals have favored, this paper empirically examines their correlation with economic freedom. The results are mixed and highlight the need for systematic and serious study of real world constitutional data.