Tunisia: In Search of Economic Freedom

Michelle Kaffenberger /

Several weeks ago, Tunisia began what has become a trail of protests and uprisings in the Arab world. Tunisia had a number of characteristics that leant it to uprising, including empowered and educated people and few economic prospects for those people. The country needs improved economic freedom.

Tunisia in recent years has made great strides investing in its human capital—educating its people and providing some basic health care. According to the U.N.’s Human Development Indicators, Tunisia has outpaced the rest of the Arab world over the last three decades. Other experts agree that Tunisia has done a better job than most Arab nations in areas such as education, health, and women’s rights. (more…)