International
Property Rights
Index 2019

A Letter From

Hernando de Soto

I congratulate Property Rights Alliance Executive Director Lorenzo Montanari and the 2019 Hernando De Soto fellow Dr. Sary Levy Carciente for their monumental achievement in constructing the 2019 International Property Rights Index, and also for their tireless work promoting property rights around the world. 

Property Rights this year, as evidenced by the Index, took a slight dow

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IPRI 2019's sample set represents 129 countries, 94% of the world population and 98% of the World GDP.

The Average Per Capita Income disparity between IPRI's top quintile and bottom quintile countries is 16x.

Finland and the USA are leading the world in term of protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

IPRI 2019's sample set represents 129 countries, 94% of the world population and 98% of the World GDP.

The Average Per Capita Income disparity between IPRI's top quintile and bottom quintile countries is 16x.

Finland and the USA are leading the world in term of protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

Correlations with the International Property Rights Index reveal crucial relationships between property rights and society.

IPRI correlates strongest at .934 with the Corruption Perception Index; where property rights are weak corruption thrives.

Property rights are crucial to develop the next generation of medicines, the IPRI correlates a robust .92 with the Global Biotech Innovation Index.

Thriving independent businesses need clear enforceable property rights. The IPRI reveals a powerful correlation with the Global Entrepreneurship Index at .901.