In Latin America, Chile has the freest economy and is perceived as the least corrupt country, while Venezuela, the least free economy, is perceived as the most corrupt.
Juan Carlos Hidalgo, in his blog on Elfinancierocr.com, clearly states the reasons for the correlation between state interference in the economy, and the volume of corruption: "Those countries where the state intervenes more actively in the economy are those where politicians and bureaucrats have more power and greater discretion. And just as Lord Acton cautioned in 1887, " Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely '."
Negative aspects such as high state spending and discrimination in income tax payments led to points deductions.
The Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDA), has presented the economic freedom index, an indicator designed to measure the country's climate for attracting business and chances of increased employment options in the country.
In Central America, El Salvador leads (39 in the world), followed by Costa Rica (49), Panama (59), Guatemala (79), Nicaragua (98) and Honduras (99).
According to the Heritage Foundation, who develops the index in association with The Wall Street Journal, "economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property.
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