James M. Roberts is the Research Fellow in Freedom and Growth at The Heritage Foundation's Center for International Trade and Economics. Roberts' primary responsibility is to produce the Index of Economic Freedom, an influential annual analysis of the economic climate of countries throughout the world.

My Articles

January 29, 2019, 9:46 AM EST
The current crisis in Venezuela is having little impact on global markets. In fact, going forward, there is really little downside economic risk. 
November 1, 2018, 11:50 AM EDT
Jair Bolsonaro’s blowout election victory Sunday in Brazil is a hugely positive development and represents a watershed moment not only for Brazil, but also for Latin America and for U.S.-Brazil relations.
August 7, 2018, 4:41 PM EDT
In an op-ed for CNBC, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., urge Congress to approve a bill that would rebrand and double the size of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
August 3, 2017, 9:00 AM EDT
Friedrich Hayek famously observed that socialist central planning puts countries on the road to serfdom.
February 28, 2017, 10:29 AM EST
IMF should avoid making new loans to a country with unsustainable debt.
September 28, 2016, 8:38 AM EDT
Ethiopians deserve a better government than the one they currently have.
September 8, 2016, 8:55 AM EDT
Brazilians just joined a lengthening line of Latin Americans who have soured on the populist, corrupting, and impoverishing policies of “21st Century Socialism.”
September 2, 2016, 8:35 AM EDT
The world has witnessed profound advances in economic freedom.
August 16, 2016, 9:56 AM EDT
The recent decline in oil prices has squeezed the finances of Persian Gulf nations.
May 5, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT
It is no surprise that “lawfare” attacks by the left on traditional American values have ramped up since President Barack Obama took office. What has been surprising, though, is how swiftly many major U.S. corporations have acted to support its radical agenda.
April 6, 2016, 4:38 PM EDT
As The Atlantic has reported, “Disclosures from the Panama Papers are rocking the global political elite.” Although not all of the activities alleged in the papers may ultimately be determined to be unethical or illegal, it is instructive to look at the correlations between many of the people named in the papers and the scores of their countries of origin on The Heritage Foundation’s “Index of Economic Freedom” corruption indicator.
February 2, 2016, 4:09 PM EST
The Financial Times reports that officials “from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are heading to Azerbaijan to discuss a possible $4 billion emergency loan package in what risks becoming the first of a series of bailouts stemming from” tumbling world oil prices.
December 18, 2014, 11:16 AM EST
President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to normalize relations with Cuba and lift the U.S. embargo without the approval of Congress may play well on the international left and help the Castro regime to maintain control of the country, the economy, and all levers of power for years to come, but it will do nothing to improve the lives of ordinary Cubans.