Nathan Gamester, Programme Director for the Prosperity Index delivered a lecture to more than 60 students, in which he explained why the Legatum Prosperity Index is a useful, necessary, and powerful tool for measuring global progress.

“…just as we don’t define our own success simply by looking at a single measure such as our personal wealth, neither should we do this for nations… It is our belief that prosperity is multi-dimensional. The Prosperity Index includes economic data…but this is just one among many factors that matter for prosperity,” said Gamester.

A lively Q&A followed the lecture with the Legatum Institute's Novella Bottini, Stephen Clarke, and Nathan Gamester fielding questions from the MIT audience on all aspects of the Index.

Introductions by Fiona Murray CBE, Associate Dean of Innovation and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.


About the Prosperity Index

The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. Now in its eighth year, the Index assesses 142 countries, representing more than 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP. Launched on 3 November 2014, the Index uses rigorous research and in‐depth analysis to rank countries based on their performance in eight sub‐indices—Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Personal Freedom, Health, Safety & Security and Social Capital. For further information, please visit