This page contains archived information on state and local policies. Specifically, it contains the original Sorens, Muedini, and Ruger (2008) data and the data used for Ruger and Sorens (2009). All these data are now deprecated (for time-series data, see the Data page) but are retained here for replication purposes.


Ruger, William P., and Jason Sorens (2009). Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom. Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Sorens, Jason, Fait Muedini, and William P. Ruger (2008). “U.S. State and Local Public Policies in 2006: A New Database.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 8 (3): 309-26.

Archived State Policy Data

Additional, uncorrected data from Sorens, Muedini, and Ruger (2008):

Data for Ruger and Sorens (2009):