2023 Index of Economic Freedom


Rule of Law

Property Rights39.7

Judicial Effectiveness22.1

Government Integrity27.9

Government Size

Tax Burden86.7

Government Spending79.4

Fiscal Health4.1

Regulatory Efficiency

Business Freedom51.1

Labor Freedom33.4

Monetary Freedom75.0

Open Markets

Trade Freedom60.2

Investment Freedom65.0

Financial Freedom50.0

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Quick Facts
  • Population:
    • 104.3 million
  • GDP (PPP):
    • $1.4 trillion
    • 4.4% 5-year compound annual growth
    • $13,530 per capita
  • Unemployment:
    • 7.9%
  • Inflation (CPI):
    • 4.5%
  • FDI Inflow:
  • Public Debt:
    • 89.2%

Egypt’s economic freedom score is 49.6, making its economy the 151st freest in the 2023 Index. Its score is 0.5 point higher than last year. Egypt is ranked 11th out of 14 countries in the Middle East/North Africa region, and its overall score is below the regional and world averages.

Deeper institutional reforms needed to sustain long-term growth and stable economic development include strengthening of the judicial system, better protection of property rights, and more effective eradication of corruption. Policies that might have helped to open markets have been undercut by the heavy state presence in the economy.



After the army deposed President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the ensuing political instability eventually led it to oust Mubarak’s elected but increasingly unpopular successor, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi. Under a new constitution, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected to a four-year term in 2014 and reelected in 2018; constitutional amendments approved in 2019 strengthened presidential authority and could permit him to rule until 2030. Most economic activity takes place in the highly fertile Nile Valley. Despite sporadic terrorist attacks, post-pandemic tourism is beginning to rebound, but Egypt remains dependent on aid from Saudi Arabia and international financial institutions.

Rule of Law

Property Rights 39.7 Create a Graph using this measurement

Judicial Effectiveness 22.1 Create a Graph using this measurement

Government Integrity 27.9 Create a Graph using this measurement

The overall rule of law is weak in Egypt. The country’s property rights score is below the world average; its judicial effectiveness score is below the world average; and its government integrity score is below the world average.

Government Size

The top individual and corporate tax rates are, respectively, 25 percent and 22.5 percent. The tax burden equals 14.2 percent of GDP. Three-year government spending and budget balance averages are, respectively, 26.2 percent and –7.3 percent of GDP. Public debt equals 89.2 percent of GDP.

Regulatory Efficiency

There have been reforms aimed at reducing regulatory overhang and improving the ease of doing business in recent years. In the absence of a well-functioning labor market, informal labor activity persists in many sectors. The most recent available inflation rate is 4.5 percent.

Open Markets

The trade-weighted average tariff rate is 12.4 percent, and more than 150 nontariff measures are in force. Investment in several sectors remains restricted. Banking is well capitalized and stable, and local banks are attaining continued profitability. The credit market is vibrant and open to foreigners.

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Regional Ranking

1United Arab Emirates70.90.7
8Saudi Arabia58.32.8

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