The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the first international comparative study that measures the significance of both physical and intellectual property rights and their protection for economic well-being. The parent organization Property Rights Alliance, has initiated a series of IPRI studies for the Hernando de Soto Fellowship Program that will contribute to developing accurate and comprehensive measures regarding property rights (PR) on an international scale.
The International Property Rights Index will provide the public, researchers and policymakers, from across the globe, with a tool for comparative analysis and future research on global property rights. In order to incorporate and grasp the important aspects related to property rights protection, the Index focuses on three areas: Legal and Political Environment (LP), Physical Property Rights (PPR), and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The current study analyzes data for 130 countries around the globe, representing ninety-seven percent of world GDP. Of great importance, the 2012 gauge incorporates data of PR protection from various sources, often directly obtained from exert spurveys within the evaluated countries.