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The conservative Heritage Foundation ranked Australia as the third most economically free country in the world in 2010, while the U.S. came in eighth place.

As of June 2010, Australia’s minimum wage is $15 an hour, while the U.S. federal minimum wage is nearly half that, at $7.25 an hour.

Economics textbooks present the overly simplistic notion that minimum wages higher than the market floor results in higher unemployment. At the time of publication of this index, Australia had an unemployment rate of 4.2% and the U.S. had a rate of 9.4%.

The two most important metrics relative to the impact of minimum wage on economic freedom the report measured, compare favourably between the two countries, showing that Australia isn’t relying on other far higher economic metrics to compensate. Business freedom was rated 90.3 in Australia and 91.3 in the U.S., and Labor freedom was rated 94.9 in Australia and 94.8 in the U.S.

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