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Improving Austria's Prosperity

Friday, 28 April 2017

Launch in Vienna for the Legatum Institute's inaugural Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report.

Commentary

What China and the US Could Learn from Each Other

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Meetings between the US and Chinese national leaders have never been easy. More often than not they are fraught with conflicting strategic interests, intermittent trade frictions, and occasional miscommunicated agenda. Today’s meeting in Florida, between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping promises to beat all previous such meetings in its difficulties for setting a common ground.

Commentary

Harriet Maltby writes for CapX that Scotland's prosperity depends on the Union.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy and Research for the Legatum Prosperity Index says an independent Scotland may succeed. Brexit Britain may flounder. We cannot predict the future. However, we can say with confidence that Scotland’s path to prosperity would be far harder to travel alone. If sovereignty calls, then we should not stand in Scotland’s way. However, Scots must understand that going it alone would make their future even more uncertain.

Read the full article here


Publications

Prosperity in an independent Scotland: Analysis from the Legatum Prosperity Index™

Friday, 17 March 2017

If Scotland were to become independent how will it impact the prosperity of future generations? The Legatum Prosperity Index™ team analyses the issue using data from the global Legatum Prosperity Index™ and data from the first ever UK Prosperity Index, mapping prosperity across 389 local authority areas.

 

 


Commentary

Forbes Afrique features the Legatum Prosperity Index™

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

In this month's edition, Forbes Afrique look at what it means to be prosperous, citing the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index which analyses the prosperity of 149 countries and offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. 

Find out more about the The Legatum Prosperity Index™ here.


Events

Former Danish Prime Minister Launches the 10th Edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index™

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark, delivered a keynote address that recognised and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Legatum Prosperity Index™. The evening reception was also an opportunity for Baroness Stroud, the newly appointed CEO of the Legatum Institute, to outline her vision for the Institute.

Commentary

Free Markets, Free People, Strong Society—the Secret to Success?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

In a column for Reaction, Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute, explores the secrets behind New Zealand’s success at turning its wealth into national prosperity.

Publications

2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ (10th Edition)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ finds that New Zealand's unrivalled ability to turn its wealth into prosperity has put the country in 1st position in the 10th edition of the Index.

Press Release

New Zealand Announced as the Most Prosperous Country in the World in 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ finds that New Zealand's unrivalled ability to turn its wealth into prosperity has put the country in 1st position in this 10th edition of the Index.

News

Video: What is Prosperity?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

As a measurement of prosperity, the Legatum Prosperity Index™ is unique. It gives a far truer picture of the life chances for the world’s population, and the performance of nations, than any Index of GDP alone could hope to. True prosperity is as much about wellbeing as wealth.

Commentary

The UK Prosperity Index Has Some Harsh Lessons for Westminster

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The sooner true devolution starts, the sooner the people of Bolsover will feel as happy as those in West Somerset, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Legatum Institute Centre for Character and Values. (Reaction)

Publications

2016 UK Prosperity Index

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Press Release

UK Cities Are Rich—So Why Are Their Residents Not Prosperous?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's newly-released 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Commentary

UK Cities ‘Failing to Provide Basic Life Chances’

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Report shows rural areas enjoy better quality of life despite being poorer writes Federica Cocco with Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research-Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute contributing. (Financial Times)

Press Release

'Tough on Brexit, Tough On the Causes of Brexit’, Urge Leading Think Tanks

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

LONDON—A major new study published today has found the vote to leave the EU was part of a “deeper malaise” in British society, and calls on Theresa May to continue wide-ranging social reform to address the real causes of the Brexit vote.

Press Release

Britain Will Remain a Divided Nation Unless the Next Prime Minister Reaches Out to the ‘Have Nots’, Warns Two Top Think Tanks

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

LONDON—Two of the country’s leading think tanks, Centre for Social Justice and Legatum Institute, have warned the next Prime Minister that Britain will remain a divided nation unless he or she can truly understand why such a large part of the country has lost faith in mainstream politics.

Press Release

Decades of Economic Growth Have Failed to Deliver Greater Levels of Prosperity for Many African Countries

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

LONDON—New Index reveals which countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have over and under-achieved in creating more prosperous societies given their levels of wealth.

Publications

2016 Africa Prosperity Report

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Launched today, the 2016 Africa Prosperity Report shows that decades of economic growth across the continent has failed to deliver greater levels of prosperity for many African countries.

News

Sian Hansen Speaks at the 2016 Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) Annual Summit

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Legatum Institute Executive Director, Sian Hansen, gave a speech on the Institute's definition of prosperity at the 2016 KIN Summit in Miami.

Events

What Makes a Prosperous Nation? A Perspective from New Zealand

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index programme was delighted to host New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Hon. Bill English MP, for a roundtable discussion of the path to a prosperous nation.

Commentary

You Can't Prosper Just by Getting Richer

Saturday, 30 April 2016

How can a slum-dweller be happier than a City high-flyer? Because we have forgotten what matters: family, trust and charity, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)

Events

Liberal-minded Reformer or Mao Reincarnated? President Xi Jinping and His China Dream

Monday, 25 April 2016

James Miles, China Editor of 'The Economist', moderated a panel discussion on China’s economic and political prospects under President Xi Jinping. 

Events

A Conversation with Nobel Prize-Winner, Angus Deaton

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Legatum Institute was honoured to host Nobel Prize-winner and renowned economist, Professor Angus Deaton, as part of a meeting in Washington, DC with Prosperity Index advisors to discuss wealth creation and the many other drivers of prosperity.

Commentary

Why is Cardiff Still Lagging Behind Other UK Capitals?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cardiff comes behind other UK capitals in terms of both wealth and wellbeing. Innovative policies are required to reverse the damage done by the decline of heavy industry, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

Commentary

It’s No Wonder Britain is Optimistic About Jobs

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

All the evidence points to serious progress in the economy, writes the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (The Times)

Events

2015 Launch of the Global Legatum Prosperity Index™

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, MP launched the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ on 2 November. The Index, which has been endorsed by Chancellor George Osborne, ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and wellbeing.

Publications

2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Monday, 2 November 2015

Launched today, the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009, while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the seventh year running, Norway is the most prosperous country in the world.

Publications

2015 UK Prosperity Report

Monday, 2 November 2015

The UK Prosperity Report reveals Britain is more prosperous in 2015 than it has been at any point in the past seven years. The data is based on findings from the 2015 global Legatum Prosperity Index, published in November this year.

Press Release

Norway is the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 2 November 2015

LONDON—The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009 while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the seventh year running, Norway is the most prosperous country in the world.

Commentary

Nothing to Celebrate on the Greek National Day

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

As Greeks commemorate their 'OHI' to Italy's fascist regime and their joining the Allies in World War II, they will be contemplating a far grimmer scenario for the year ahead, writes Nick Dimou, Communications Assistant at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

Press Release

Scotland is More Prosperous than England According to a New Legatum Institute Study

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute's new ‘Geography of Prosperity’ index finds Scotland is more prosperous than England based on average income per person along with how happy they feel.

Press Release

The Legatum Institute Congratulates Professor Angus Deaton on Nobel Prize For Economics

Monday, 12 October 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute is delighted that Professor Angus Deaton, Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Press Release

The Legatum Institute Appoints Alexandra Mousavizadeh to its Senior Team

Friday, 11 September 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute, an international think tank and educational charity based in London, today announced the appointment of Alexandra Mousavizadeh as Director of Indices.

Commentary

The Prosperity Problem

Sunday, 5 July 2015

In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.


Publications

2015 Africa Prosperity Summit Report

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Legatum Institute has published a report that captures the core themes of its 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (May 2015). The report reveals four catalysts for Africa's future prosperity: innovation, women, security and data.

Commentary

The Importance of Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, and Governance for Latin America

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, is the author of a new research paper that looks at entrepreneurship and opportunity in Latin America, based on trends outlined in the Legatum Prosperity Index™ over the past five years.

Events

2015 Africa Prosperity Summit: Promoting Wealth and Wellbeing

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

GDP growth across the continent has fed an “Africa Rising” narrative. But many Africans have failed to benefit from the current economic boom. The Legatum Institute, with the support of the Ford Foundation, hosted a conference in Tanzania with experts from academia, civil society, business and politics to discuss how to promote true prosperity.

Commentary

Unlocking Prosperity Potential

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

True prosperity has a capitalist core, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Press Release

Economic Growth Alone Will Not Make Britain a More Prosperous Country

Thursday, 16 April 2015

LONDON—New poll for the Legatum Institute reveals health and public safety are more important to voters than rising GDP.

Commentary

Where is Best to Raise Children?

Monday, 16 March 2015

The latest Legatum Prosperity Index™ infographic shows the best countries for raising children.

Commentary

A Celebration for Womenkind—But Not in Greece

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Five years on from the country's debt crisis, International Women's Day 2015 finds women in Greece struggling with low pay, few choices and fear, writes Nikolaos Dimou, Communications Assistant at the Legatum Institute.

Commentary

Reasons to Celebrate International Women's Day in the UK, Sunday, 8 March

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The vast majority of women in the UK feel free, safe, and more satisfied, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

Commentary

Charitable Donations Infographic

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals the countries where people donated the most—and least—to charity in the last year.

Commentary

Best—and Worst—For Immigrants

Monday, 2 March 2015

Where are the best and worst places to be an immigrant? The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ has the answers.

Commentary

Best—and Worst—for Women

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Gallup data shows how women feel about the quality of the health and education services in their countries and about their personal safety. By combining these three elements, we can work out the top 5 and bottom 5 countries in Europe to be a woman.

Events

Workshop on the Usage of Data for Driving Social Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Legatum Institute was proud to host the first in a series of workshops organised as part of the EU FP7 Web-COSI project. The Web-COSI project, part of the Europe2020 strategy, analysed how data can be used to drive social entrepreneurship.

Commentary

Prosperity Can Save the World

Friday, 16 January 2015

Security and freedom is under threat; prosperity stands between these values and violence, repression, and impunity, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute.

Commentary

News from Britain for Obama. We May Outstrip America Within Four Years.

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Legatum Prosperity Index shows the UK is gathering speed and catching up to the US when it comes to prosperity, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economic Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Commentary

Can Britain Really Become Richer Than the US? And Does it Even Matter?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Despite George Osborne's grand ambitions, there is more to prosperity than wealth alone, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (​Daily Telegraph​)

Commentary

2015: A Dark Year for Venezuela

Monday, 15 December 2014

Lack of economic opportunities, steep inflation, poverty, crime, lower oil prices and repressive political systems could all make for an 'unhappy New Year' in Venezuela, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

Events

Where is Africa Now? Launch of the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of its 2014 'Africa Prosperity Report', a region-specific index which analyses the overall prosperity of 38 countries.

Press Release

Botswana Tops the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, as the Continent Enjoys Unprecedented Economic Upturn—But Faces New Challenges in Gender Gap and Personal Freedom

Thursday, 11 December 2014

LONDON—The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, launched today, named Botswana the most prosperous country in Africa overall for the third year in a row.

Commentary

Unlocking the Potential of African Prosperity

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Legatum Institute's Novella Bottini and Solène Dengler look at the key findings from the 2014 'Africa Prosperity Report', assessing the reality of the 'Africa rising' narrative (Overseas Development Institute)


Commentary

Three Myth Busters About the Land of the Free

Friday, 5 December 2014

There is a clear picture forming of an US that needs to re-evaluate the way its citizens are being treated and the freedoms that are available to them, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

Commentary

Measuring Prosperity—and Progress

Monday, 24 November 2014

As important as GDP is to understanding countries’ material well-being, it may not reflect progress (or regress) in categories like governance, health, education, and social capital, write Matthew Slaughter and Matthew Rees in a blog for the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government.

Events

Prosperity: GDP and Beyond

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Legatum Institute hosted world-renowned expert on wellbeing, health economics and economic development, Angus Deaton, at the Harvard Club in New York. He discussed his work on wellbeing and why efforts to measure personal wellbeing, such as the Legatum Prosperity Index, are important.

Events

Exploring Global Prosperity (Boston)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What does it mean for a nation to be prosperous? This event, hosted at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT in Boston, explored the data and findings from the recently published 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index, the definitive measure of global progress.

Events

Defining Opportunity and Prosperity Beyond Economic Growth (Washington, DC)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What does opportunity look like in the US today? The Legatum Institute and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC were pleased to host a livestreamed panel discussion which looked beyond economic growth to understand what else is important for national prosperity.


Events

Global Trends, Where to Export Next? (Webinar)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

This webinar, hosted by the Legatum Institute and UK Trade and Investment, offered participants a summary of the latest findings from the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index, helping to steer export strategies.

Events

Launch of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ (Washington, DC)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What does “prosperity” really mean? GDP or happiness? The Legatum Institute hosted an interactive reception and presentation of key findings from the 2014 Index in Washington DC.


Commentary

The European Arrest Warrant Could Let Vladimir Putin's Goons Knock on British Doors

Monday, 10 November 2014

The EAW may allow foreign suspects to be deported, as Theresa May argues—but it will also let corrupt foreign regimes target their enemies through the British courts, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph)

News

What Drives Prosperity in Africa?

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a vibrant panel discussion on the theme of female entrepreneurship and African prosperity, at the 2014 African Leadership Network conference in Kigali.

Press Release

Africa Prosperity Report Reveals an Increase in Economic Growth which is Still Not Translating to Shared Prosperity

Friday, 7 November 2014

KIGALI, RWANDA—The Africa Prosperity Report launched today in Kigali at the annual African Leadership Network conference confirms great successes across the continent in terms of Economy and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity.

Publications

2014 Africa Prosperity Report

Friday, 7 November 2014

The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report ranks 38 countries in terms of prosperity—defined as wealth and wellbeing. The report measures GDP and eight sub-indices such as education, health, and personal freedom.

Commentary

Challenges and Obstacles to Africa's Long-Term Prosperity

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In an interview with CNBC Africa, Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute, takes a look at Africa's prosperity based on findings from the Legatum Institute's 2014 Africa Prosperity report. 

Events

Launch of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ - Embassy Briefing (London)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Legatum Institute will host a briefing for Ambassadors and embassy staff to explore data from the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™. The Index, which will launch on 3 November 2014, is a unique global assessment of national prosperity based on both wealth and wellbeing.


Commentary

Sunshine is Winning the Day. Here’s Evidence that Britain’s Getting Better—Not Worse

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

More freedom. Strong families. New jobs. More giving. This year’s Legatum Prosperity Index is a rebuke to the doomsters and gloomsters, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Events

Launch of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ - Public Panel (London)

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Legatum Institute launched its 2014 Prosperity Index at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The event included a presentation of key findings, followed by a high-profile panel discussion on the 'British enterprise spirit'.


Commentary

Women's Fear Goes Viral

Monday, 3 November 2014

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst to the Legatum Prosperity Index, asks: what can we do to make women feel safer?

Commentary

A Good Society that Just Goes on Giving

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cruel Britannia is a figment of the Left’s imagination—we are a very generous people, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (The Daily Telegraph).

Publications

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Monday, 3 November 2014

Now in its eighth year, the Legatum Prosperity Index™  is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct sub-indices: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital.


Press Release

Sierra Leone Comes Bottom of the Legatum Institute’s World Rankings on Health

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals that West Africa is the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak because of weak health infrastructure and poor governance.


Press Release

New Zealand in Global Top Three for Prosperity

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals that New Zealand is the third most prosperous country in the world, ahead of Australia.

Press Release

Norway Revealed as the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 3 November 2014

Norway is the most prosperous country in the world, closely followed by Switzerland and New Zealand, according to an international Index published by the Legatum Institute.

Press Release

UK Revealed as Most Prosperous of All Major EU Countries

Monday, 3 November 2014

The United Kingdom is today revealed as the most prosperous of all the major EU countries in an international study published by the Legatum Institute.


Press Release

United States is No Longer Perceived to Be ‘the land of the free’

Monday, 3 November 2014

2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals US public feel they have less ‘personal freedom’ than in 2011, while Norway is the most prosperous country in the world while the Central African Republic finishes bottom of the rankings.

Press Release

Where is Ebola Going—and Why

Friday, 17 October 2014

LONDON—The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ places Sierra Leone, the country worst effected by the Ebola outbreak, at the bottom (142nd) of 142 countries in terms of health. On indicators such as health spending and hospital beds per person, public health statistics in Sierra Leone are dismal.

Events

‘Let the market play!' A Lesson for Business from the Treasury Select Committee

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Business is a key driver of prosperous societies—so it must be freed of too much regulation, said Steve Baker MP, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, during a recent Legatum Institute business breakfast at the House of Commons.

Commentary

What if National Prosperity Decided the World Cup?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

There are a variety of indicators that can be used to measure the success of nations. Wealth is most commonly used but other measures such as happiness and quality of life have been suggested. In fact, global rankings tables exist for a multitude of weird and wonderful metrics from alcohol consumption to homicide rates. But what if we used football as a measure of national prosperity?

Commentary

Entrepreneurial Europe

Monday, 16 June 2014

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index finds that, at least in some European countries, entrepreneurship is flourishing. Nine of the top ten countries on the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity sub-index are European, with the continent holding the first nine slots on the sub-index (Hong Kong takes the 10th).

Commentary

What’s Happening in Wellbeing?

Friday, 2 May 2014

Right now wellbeing is very topical. Around the world governments are beginning to warm up to the idea of measuring something more than just economic progress. Countries currently engaged in measuring wellbeing in some form include Germany, Australia, Bhutan, Ireland, France, Japan, Korea, China, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and, of course, the UK.

Commentary

Twenty Years of Divergent Paths: Rwanda and Burundi

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Twenty years ago, on 6 April 1994, the presidents of Burundi and Rwanda died in a plane crash returning home from Dar-Es-Salaam. The circumstances of the plane crash are still subject to speculation, even though investigations have revealed substantial evidence suggesting that Hutsu extremists gave the order to bring down the plane, because they disagreed with the signing of the peace agreement that had taken place in August 1993. The double assassination triggered turmoil in both countries: in Rwanda a genocide that lasted 100 days, and in Burundi a civil war that ended only in 2005.

Commentary

Taking a Look at How Indians Feel on the First Day of the Country’s General Election

Monday, 7 April 2014

Last year the publication of the 2013 ‘Legatum Prosperity Index™’ featured analysis on the contrasting fortunes of India and Bangladesh. India, the evidence suggested, was falling behind its smaller, poorer, neighbour on a range of important metrics. With India’s General Election beginning today, it is worth looking at new data, especially regarding the issues that will play a decisive part in the election.

Commentary

Latin America Needs More Than Just Economic Growth

Friday, 4 April 2014

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America aimed to address more than economic growth by looking at other issues that may be preventing the region’s development, such as education, climate, and demographics. Sustainable economic growth was at the top of the agenda, of course, but it represented the important recognition of other issues that need to be dealt with in the region. What does Latin America need beyond economic growth?

Commentary

Wellbeing and Policy: How Important is Measuring Wellbeing for Our Wellbeing?

Friday, 21 March 2014

After a year of intensive research, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been published. The report was launched in Berlin on 20 March 2014, at a joint event between the Legatum Institute and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Today (21 March 2014), the report was launched at the Legatum Institute in London, with a presentation of key findings by the report's authors.

Commentary

Insights on Africa

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to have spoken at two conferences in Africa: the first was the Sankalp Africa Summit in Kenya; the second was the 7th AfrEA Conference in Cameroon. I thank the organisers of both conferences for extending me an invitation to speak, and engage in very stimulating conversations about the future of the continent.

Commentary

Recipe for Revolt

Friday, 7 March 2014

Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand have made the headlines over the past few months, all with seemingly different causes and outcomes. What lessons, if any, can be drawn from events in these three countries? 

Commentary

Where is Ukraine?

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Is Ukraine in Europe or in Russia? Since November of last year, Ukraine has witnessed popular upheaval, following President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn his back on Europe by not signing key agreements with the EU last month. This unexpected move revived the so far quieted spirits of the Orange Revolution, and brought back into the international spotlight questions of the country’s stability, future and, especially, identity.

Commentary

Africa Rising?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Is Africa rising or falling? Over the last 50 years, the answer to this question has been debated, discussed and examined. Even today there exist vastly different views on what Africa’s future holds. At the heart of this discussion are more than 1 billion men, women, and children living within 54 nations that form the world’s most vibrant continent. In recent years, conversations about African prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. And this optimism is supported by evidence.

Commentary

Smoke and Mirrors: Assessing the Effects of Smoking on Subjective Wellbeing

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

50 years ago this month we found out that smoking kills. On 11th January 1964 US Surgeon-General Luther Terry released a document titled ‘Smoking and Health’ which outlined the negative health effects of smoking, including increased mortality amongst smokers. 

Press Release

Legatum Institute Appoints Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies

Monday, 27 January 2014

LONDON—27 January 2014: London-based public policy think tank the Legatum Institute (LI) has appointed a Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies.


Commentary

Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum: An Undemocratic Start Does Not Mean the End of Democracy

Monday, 20 January 2014

The results of Tuesday and Wednesday’s constitutional referendum have been published. Egypt’s state-run newspaper, Al Ahram  has reported turn-out of registered voters to be at just above 38%, who overwhelmingly supported the new constitution, with 97.7% voting in favour.

Commentary

Learning About Wellbeing in International Development and “Subjectivities in Wellbeing”

Monday, 20 January 2014

Last week, set in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford’s Regent’s Park College, I had the opportunity to attend a two day conference that explored the fundamentals of “Wellbeing and subjectivity in international development”. 

Commentary

Will These Countries Become MINTed?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Over the past week BBC Radio 4 has joined forces with economist Jim O’Neill, coiner of the ‘BRICs’ acronym, to examine the MINTs. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey are the four emerging economies tipped by O’Neill to emulate the success of the BRICs. Visiting these countries O’Neill reflects upon their different successes and failures. Are his findings reflected in the 'Legatum Prosperity Index™'?

Commentary

Victory Day in Bangladesh—A Chance to Reflect Upon Prosperity in South Asia

Friday, 13 December 2013

16 December marks the annual Victory Day celebrations in Bangladesh. Victory Day commemorates the end of the Bangladesh Liberation War and the official secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. The conflict has drawn media attention recently with the execution of Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah. However, it is worth looking beyond this event to take a look at the current state of the three countries involved in the historical conflict. To this end Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are examined through the lens of the 2013 'Legatum Prosperity Index™'.

Commentary

Parliamentary Elections in Mali—Is There a Link Between Low Turnout and Lack of Democratic Accountability?

Friday, 13 December 2013

Mali is only slowly emerging from a conflict triggered in May 2012 when former president Amadou Toumani Touré was overthrown by a military coup. Since then and after more than one year of fighting, the government and the Tuareg rebels signed a peace agreement in June 2013. However, in September the rebels suspended their participation in the agreement after accusing the government of not respecting its commitments. 

News

Legatum Prosperity Index Graphic Tops 2013 Harvard Business Review List: 10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Legatum Institute has topped a poll by the Harvard Business Review for charts and graphics that have changed the way people think in 2013. 

Commentary

The Security and Peace Summit and Why the Outcomes Are Crucial

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Summit on Security and Peace organised by President Hollande on 6 December in Paris will feature around forty African heads of state as well as international organisations such as the UN and the World Bank. Discussion about who will be attending and who will be absent from the Summit has been prevalent in particular in the French media. 

Commentary

Germany’s Progress: Is It Only Due to Economic Factors?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Given the country’s rapid recovery from the financial crisis, Germany has often been portrayed as the economic leader of the Eurozone region. This has, however, not always been interpreted as positive: the European Commission has begun an in-depth inquiry to assess if Germany’s large current account surplus of 8%—above the Commission’s 6% threshold—is harmful for the Eurozone and the world economy as a whole.

Publications

Venezuela: The Curse of Oil-Stoked Populism

Monday, 2 December 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, author of 'The Curse of Oil-Stoked Populism' Albert Fishlow outlines Venezuela's evolution from backwater Spanish colony to military dictatorship to petroleum giant.

Publications

Russia: Caught in the Bear Trap

Friday, 29 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, the authors of 'Caught in the Bear Trap' examine the “curse of oil” theory, and offer an alternative perspective on why Russia’s economic problems are inherently so difficult to solve

Commentary

The Legatum Prosperity Index and the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index: What Can We Learn From Them?

Friday, 29 November 2013

Late last month saw the launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™. As part of the launch, the Legatum Institute was fortunate to host a raft of interesting speakers, including Professor Erkko Autio of Imperial College London Business School, who participated in a debate on technology and entrepreneurship. Professor Autio, along with Zoltán J. Ács of George Mason University and László Szerb of the University of Pécs produce the annual Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).

Publications

Curing the Mal Zaïrois: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edges Toward Statehood

Monday, 18 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, author James A. Robinson examine's the country's progress (and lack thereof) through the lens of political theory.

Publications

Mexico on the Brink

Monday, 11 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, 'Mexico on the Brink' analyses the juxtaposition of grave security threats and economic awakening, which illustrate both the violence and growth changes that Mexico’s economy and society have undergone over the past three decades.

Commentary

Slip Sliding Away: What US Decline Means for the World

Thursday, 31 October 2013

This year's Legatum Prosperity Index found the United States slipping. Again. It's not good news for Americans, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post)

Commentary

2013 Legatum Prosperity Index - Media Coverage

Thursday, 31 October 2013

The launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index attracted media coverage from around the globe. A snapshot of the key highlights is available here.

Commentary

Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The sands are shifting when it comes to countries’ success beyond GDP, writes Legatum Prosperity Index Programme Director, Nathan Gamester (Harvard Business Review).

Publications

2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The latest Legatum Prosperity Index™, which ranks nations according to extensive wealth and wellbeing factors, reveals that global prosperity has risen over the past five years, largely due to improvements in entrepreneurship, health and education.

Commentary

Development’s Democratic Drivers

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

While there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for prosperity, it is apparent that establishing well-managed systems guided by democratic principles is a particularly effective route to progress, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Project Syndicate)

Press Release

2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™: Global Prosperity Rising While US and UK Economies Decline

Monday, 28 October 2013

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™, which ranks nations according to extensive wealth and wellbeing factors, reveals that global prosperity has risen over the past five years, largely due to improvements in entrepreneurship, health and education. However, the US and UK are both facing economic decline, dropping four and two places respectively for their performance in this sub-index.


Publications

Insight On Africa: Special Report

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A new Legatum Institute report, Insight on Africa, shows that economic growth, improving health standards and greater foreign and domestic investment—amongst other factors—are having a positive impact on prosperity in the region.

Commentary

On the Path to Prosperity: Insight On Africa—Special Report

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Today the Legatum Institute launched a special report, 'Insight On Africa' which examines some key themes that affect the state of African prosperity. In recent years, conversations about African development and prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. The world is realising that Africa is a continent on the rise. And this shift from pessimism to optimism has happened quickly. 

Commentary

The Prosperity Race: Mexico vs. Brazil

Friday, 13 September 2013

On 16 of September, Mexico will celebrate its Independence Day, one of the most important celebrations in the country, remembering the day in 1810 when the cry for independence (‘Grito Mexicano’) was uttered, resulting in the Mexican War of Independence. However, looming through the festivities will be the image of Mexico as an impoverished country ravaged by drug wars and class division.

Commentary

Norwegian Elections: The Lowdown

Friday, 6 September 2013

Norway’s incumbent Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, must be wondering what has hit him. Having been probably one of the only public figures ever to experience an approval rating of 94% back in 2011, he now finds himself facing a likely defeat in the upcoming election on 9 September 2013. Indeed, it looks like it might even be the first time his centre-left Labour Party has not come in first place since 1924.

Commentary

Taiwan's Free Trade Evolution

Thursday, 5 September 2013

This week I am visiting Taiwan as part of the 2013 Delegation of British Parliamentary Assistants and Young Scholars to the Republic of China (Taiwan). Visiting Taiwan and other countries in East-Asia, I always get caught up by the forward momentum of the region, from the people’s energetic drive, the innovative ideas of their engineers, to the optimism of their civil servants. 

Commentary

Parallel Protests: The Surprising Similarities Between Turkish and Brazilian Protests

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

At first glance, the recent Turkish and Brazilian protests seem to have little in common. In spite of happening almost at the same time, Turkish protests seemed to end with repression, while Brazilians are still waiting for the political concessions promised by their government. However, a comparison between Turkey and Brazil reveals striking similarities between these two apparently very different countries.

Publications

South Korea: Ready for Prime Time

Thursday, 15 August 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, Korea expert and author of Pop Goes Korea, Mark Russell, studies the country's use of culture as a way to facilitate integration with the world economy.

Commentary

The Youth Bulge in Africa: Opportunity or Threat?

Thursday, 11 July 2013

In the future, we may see two Africas arise: one which is able to create an enabling environment where the young generation can fulfil their aspirations, and one which is not. The youth bulge in Africa constitutes a considerable challenge, as the total population of the continent has recently broken the 1 billion mark of which 40% is aged 0-15 years. 

Commentary

How Reliable is Survey Data?

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

This is one of the most common questions I get asked when talking about the Legatum Prosperity Index™. It’s usually followed by, “How can you actually measure happiness? Surely everyone’s levels of happiness will depend on their own situation.” My answer is yes, and no. Of course perceptions will differ from one country to the next. But these results can still yield information that is both useful and interesting.

Commentary

Painting in Purple

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The launch of the 2013 'Legatum Prosperity Index™' shows, for the first time, five consecutive years of data. A lot has happened in the last 5 years: the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath; the so-called Arab Spring; the Algerian hostage crisis; the London riots; and the ongoing civil war in Syria, to name just a few. 

Commentary

Empowering and Transforming Societies Through Entrepreneurship

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Legatum Institute's Zachary Courser had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance (HEA) symposium banquet in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in April, where he spoke on behalf of the Legatum Institute.

Commentary

Portugal: "We're Not Greece Yet"

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sipping coffee outside a small café on Lisbon’s Freedom Avenue, it’s easy to forget that Portugal is a country in serious trouble. It is, after all, a country of great history and architecture, incredible weather, and beautiful beaches. It is no wonder that an increasing number of Britons are opting to escape from the cold of the British Isles to visit the sunny Algarve. And yet, even brief conversations with the Lisbon locals reveals that Portugal is a bruised and brittle country. There is hope for the future but this is rarely matched with any real sense of optimism.

Commentary

Policy Uses of Subjective Wellbeing Data

Friday, 5 April 2013

In April, Zachary Courser gave a presentation on the policy uses of subjective wellbeing data (SWB) at a seminar in Mexico City, organised by the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Mexico (FLACSO) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

News

Lord O’Donnell: “Legatum Institute Commission will look at how wellbeing research can have real and practical policy implications”

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Former Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell gave remarks at a reception to mark the launch of the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index and the newly established Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy, which he is to chair.

Press Release

Legatum Prosperity Index Extends Its Reach—American Dream at Risk in Key Election Year

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

LONDON—In an unprecedented fall, the US drops out of the top ten of the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index. The new edition of the index also includes 32 new entrants, bringing the total number of countries to 142 and extending the Prosperity Index coverage to 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP.


Publications

Prosperity In Depth: Twelve Country Studies

Friday, 26 October 2012

Complementing the 2012 'Legatum Prosperity Index', these twelve in depth studies provide additional analysis and insight into the political and economic paths of selected countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iceland, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

News

Legatum Prosperity Index Extends Its Reach

Monday, 1 October 2012

Launching in October: The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index. Our unique annual assessment of national prosperity based on both wealth and subjective wellbeing.

Publications

Examining the State of Prosperity in Asia

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Asia through the lens of the 'Legatum Prosperity Index', this report offers a number of unique insights as to how prosperity is forming and changing in the region.

Publications

The Broken Ladder

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

This is a major international study of how increasing urbanisation in the world is affecting the prospect of upward mobility for ordinary families and individuals. The study focuses on the key social and economic developments in three major global cities: London, Mexico City, and Mumbai.

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The 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index Report

Thursday, 1 October 2009

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is the world’s only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing. The Prosperity Index ranks countries based on the foundations of prosperity: the factors that help drive economic growth or produce happy citizens.