Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, stands as an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally.
PRA’s efforts to protect property rights are all-encompassing and include issues such as:
· Federal and state law for “takings” and the use of eminent domain
· Federal government land and building ownership
· U.S. environmental policy and its effect on private property ownership
· Piracy and counterfeiting of intellectual property in domestic and international arenas
· Property law and land ownership in developing countries in order to foster economic growth and democracy
· Strong intellectual and physical property safeguards for all trade agreements with the United States
On the international stage, PRA works closely with famed property rights champion and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru, Hernando de Soto. With great help from the ILD and de Soto, PRA is proud to offer the Hernando de Soto Fellowship. Each year, the fellow works on the upcoming addition of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI).
The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the flagship publication of PRA. The IPRI scores the underlining institutions of a strong property rights regime: the legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. It is the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of intellectual and physical property rights. Covering 128 countries the 2016 IPRI reports on the property rights systems affecting 98 percent of world Gross Domestic Product and 93 percent of world population
A tool for policymakers, business communities, and civic activists the IPRI highlights the essential role property rights play in creating a prosperous economy and just society. In addition, the 2016 index examines the robust relationship between property rights and other economic and social indicators of wellbeing including – gender equality, entrepreneurship, research and development, human development, civic activism, and ecological performance
102 international organizations, from 70 countries, partnered with the PRA in Washington, D.C. and its Hernando De Soto Fellow Prof. Sary Levy-Carciente to produce the ninth annual IPRI.
• Countries leading in property rights have a per capita income 21 times that of those with the weakest regimes
• Property rights have robust correlations with social and economic indicators such as civic activism, entrepreneurship, educational freedom, and number of full-time researchers
The Index includes six case studies on advancing and securing property rights:
üA Toolbox for Today’s Visionary Leaders: How to Transform Property Rights for a Robust Formal Economyby Dr. Elena Panaritis, Thought for Action
üUsing Blockchain to Secure Honduran Land Titles by Jorge Constantino Collindres, Matt Regan, and Guillermo Pena Panting, Fundacion Eleutera, Honduras
üIntellectual Property Drives Biopharmaceutical Innovation in Emerging Markets by Philip Stevens, Geneva Network
üThe Role in the Egyptian Economy of the Relationship between Land Ownership and the Informal and Private Sectors by Mahmoud Farouk and Adel Elhemaily, Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies
üProperty Rights and Deforestation in Indonesia by Hizkia Respatiadi, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies
üA Special Case Study on Religion & Property Rights: Property Rights from the Islamic Perspective, Dr. Maszlee Malik, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs and the Istanbul Network for Liberty
For more information on the Index, please visit www.internationalpropertyrightsindex.org/
For more information on the Index or to be part of the partner organizations, please contact Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org