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Philippa Stroud responds to the 2018 Budget

Monday, 29 October 2018

Our CEO Baroness Philippa Stroud welcomes the Chancellor’s reinvestment in Universal Credit which will help over 2.4 million families up and down the U.K.



The Economy: An Optimists View with Mervyn King

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Legatum Institute was pleased to welcome Mervyn King (Lord King of Lothbury) to speak on his optimistic outlook for the British and global economies.


Prosperity Without Borders

Thursday, 17 November 2016

'Prosperity Without Borders' analyses the crucial role of cities in lifting people out of poverty and towards prosperity. In particular, it shines light on the positive relationship between cities and immigration.

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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.


Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.


The Mayor of London Has Opted to Protect Privilege Not Competition

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sadiq Khan’s crackdown on London’s private hire industry is a sop to a privileged monopoly that distorts competitive markets and fails to defend consumer interests, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City AM)


Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)


Introduction to Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and the Distortions Index

Thursday, 1 September 2016

In early 2017, the Legatum Institute's 'Economics of Prosperity programme will publish an index on Anti-Competitive Market Distortions. The report will quantify market distortions on a global scale across the areas of property rights, international competition, and domestic competition. This paper offers an introduction to the objectives and methodology behind the Index.


Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)


From Poverty to Prosperity

Monday, 1 August 2016

In their latest paper, authors Shanker Singham and Molly Kiniry make the economic and moral case for how property rights, open trade and competitive markets can serve as a means to lifting people out of poverty, and towards prosperity.


Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)


Understanding the Anti-Immigrant Mindset

Thursday, 23 June 2016

As Britain decides whether or not to leave the European Union, it is clear that one issue created the greatest source of tension: immigration, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)


Market-friendly or Simply Business-friendly? It Depends on How India Pushes for Real Reforms

Saturday, 18 June 2016

In an article for the Economic Times of India, the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains why simply being 'business-friendly' is not enough to lift the country's people out of poverty. For true reform, government policies must also be 'market-friendly'.


Trading Up: New Ideas for UK Exports

Friday, 17 June 2016

Emily Redding is the author of a new paper that raises some of the major issues faced by UK exporters, and offers policy recommendations for how these issues can be addressed in order to improve the UK’s export market and overall productivity.

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UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.


Sadiq Khan’s Pledge to Crack Down on Uber Smacks of the Worst of Crony Capitalism

Friday, 10 June 2016

Governments need to understand the difference between legitimate prudential regulation, and a naked attempt by an incumbent to knock out competitors and protect a privileged position, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


Hong Kong and the Context of Laissez-Faire: Myths and Truths about a 'Free Market Paradise'

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Catherine Schenk, Professor of International Economic History at the University of Glasgow, told the story of Hong Kong’s transformation into an international financial centre and challenged some of the common perceptions around Hong Kong as a paradigm of Laissez-Faire Capitalism at work.

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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.


Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and Their Impact: A Case Study of India

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Legatum Institute's 'Economics of Prosperity' programme is pleased to launch a new study of the Indian economy focusing on market distortions that exist inside the border, as well as more conventional trade barriers and lack of property rights protection.


Cottonopolis: Manchester, the Growth and Growing Pains of a Modern City

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

In the third History of Capitalism lecture for 2016, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University's Gonville and Caius College, charted the rise of Manchester, discussing the growing pains involved in its rapid growth into a truly international city.


Tax Policy Is Widening the Gender Gap

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tax policies unfairly penalise secondary earners, generally women, across much of Europe, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)


Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Copperopolis: Swansea’s Heyday, Decline and Regeneration

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

In the second lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University, explored the significance of Swansea as an exemplar of how the capitalist dynamo, driven by aggressive, innovative entrepreneurialism, shaped patterns of economic development. 


Trump/Sanders Policies Could Cost Six Million American Jobs

Friday, 11 March 2016

The protectionist policies put forward by US Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, will be the biggest job-killer we have seen since the Great Depression, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Austrian Economics in the 21st Century

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to welcome Peter Boettke for a breakfast to discuss the role of the Austrian school of economics in the world post financial crisis.


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.


Lubeck and the Hanseatic League: The Birthplace of the Common Market

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

In the first lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and Legatum Fellow, told the story of the Hanseatic League and the city of Lubeck that lay at its heart.


Women Can Move the Middle East Beyond Oil

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

For the Middle East to adjust to life after oil, it will need to allow for greater freedom and tolerance, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (BloombergView)


Labour’s Economic Agenda for 2016

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary for the Treasury and MP for Feltham and Heston, discussed the idea of shared prosperity with broader, inclusive economic goals, as opposed to short term economic policy-making.


The TV vs the Fridge

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

In Russia, economic decline isn't translating into dissatisfaction with Putin. The Legatum Institute's Peter Pomerantsev and Nathan Gamester explain why (Democracy Lab)


Feminism is Not to Blame for the Breakdown of Society

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The solution to family and societal breakdown is not to blame feminists, but to remove obstacles that prevent men from escaping from their own stereotype, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)


After the Crash, Before the War: Culture and Society in Europe in the 1930s

Thursday, 19 November 2015

In the final History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philipp Blom, author, journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster, painted a vivid picture of the scars left by the First World War on European culture and society.


Happy Days: Britain’s 'Great' Depression

Thursday, 19 November 2015

As part of its History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted an experts’ seminar on the UK Government’s response to the Wall Street Crash of 1929.


Reducing Poverty the Female Way

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Young women need to be able to access information about how their life chances hang delicately upon their fertility choices, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Britain’s Ageing Population Could Be An Opportunity—Not Just a Disaster

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Now is the time for the next generation to come up with ideas that ensure ageing societies are more prosperous societies, writes Stephen Clarke, Programme Manager at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


The Tory Majority Was Won on the Economic Battlefield of 2014

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Conservatives' General Election success rested on a pronounced shift to more optimistic economic expectations among the population during the course of 2014, according to findings from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™—by Louie Brockbank for ConservativeHome


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.

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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.


Forget Nordic Exceptionalism: Scandinavia Grew Wealthy Despite Big Government

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Nordic Model is often referred to as 'the exception which disproves the rule that big government is negative for long-term growth'. Yet, a closer look at the evidence reveals the Nordic economies aren’t exceptional at all, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


Is This the Death of the North-South Divide?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The north-south divide does not compel the north to poverty or the south to riches. The future is still for the taking, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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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.


Welfare Reform: Why Susbsidising Other People’s Kids Must Have Limits

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The bloated welfare state represents a threat to individual drive and prosperity, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner and Princeton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize

Monday, 12 October 2015

Angus Deaton, Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs and co-author of the Legatum Institute's 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.


New Zealand Can Negotiate Vast Trade Deals Like TPP. Why Can't Britain?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The European Union is a disaster area for free trade agreements - and one whose share of global GDP is actually shrinking, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)


2015 Labour Party Conference: How Can the Left make Peace with Free Markets?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Tim Montgomerie and Nick Cohen, two of Britain’s leading commentators, discussed Labour’s future under Jeremy Corbyn at a packed event at the 2015 Labour Party Conference in Brighton.


Women: Beware Socialists Bearing Gifts!

Monday, 28 September 2015

When it comes to women and the Left, the story is one of turbulence rather than harmony, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Is Economics a Sexist Science?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In a column for the Times Higher Education, Legatum Institute Fellow Victoria Bateman looks at the gender mix within economics and details her own attempts to encourage more women into the discipline.


Economists Need to Entertain the Human Element

Monday, 24 August 2015

It's time for economists to re-think their assumptions about human behaviour, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Hiking Rates Could be a Fed Error of Historic Proportions

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

If the US Fed acts too hastily this year, it could be forced into a humiliating reversal next year, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)     


Immigration is the Answer to Europe’s Demographic Crisis

Friday, 31 July 2015

Bribing women in rich countries to have more children is not the answer to solving a population crisis, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Are Interest Rates About to Rise? Don’t Bank On It Yet

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tightening monetary policy when broad money growth stands at just over 4 per cent would be a brave move and the wrong one, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


The Dark Side of Economic Growth

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ignoring the negatives of economic growth undermines its very foundations, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Britain Versus the World

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Will the budget really deliver a high-productivity high-wage economy? Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman writes for CapX


Ukraine Is a Mess, But It’s Still No Greece

Monday, 6 July 2015

Greece isn’t the only European country teetering on the brink of default, writes Ievgen Vorobiov for Democracy Lab.


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.


Ukraine: The Broken Economic Model, Who Pays for It, and How to Fix It?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum hosted Andrei Kirilenko, Professor of the Practice of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, for a conversation on how to tackle Ukraine’s economic crisis.


Entrepreneurship in the Battlefront for Latin American Prosperity

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, analyses the advancement of—and challenges to—entrepreneurship in Latin America (Huffington Post)


It’s the Greek Politics, Stupid

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Greek crisis is a political mess that threatens all of Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)


Grexit? Decline in Potential Growth is the Real Challenge

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Whether it’s the United Kingdom, Greece or China, the primary focus of economic policy should be on raising potential output growth, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)


Bringing Europe Back From the Abyss

Monday, 15 June 2015

Never mind renegotiation. If Europe wants Britain to stay on board, it needs to sort out its economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Osborne’s Prosperity Contortions

Friday, 12 June 2015

In his ambition to move Britain towards a ‘new settlement of responsibility and prosperity’, George Osborne has set himself an impossible task, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


A Post-GDP World

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

It’s time to end the tyranny of Gross Domestic Product, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti for Democracy Lab.


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.


UK Must Prepare for the Asian Consumer Revolution

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, offers eight reforms to position Britain for the coming Asian consumer revolution (City A.M)


We Must Stop Panicking About Deflation

Thursday, 21 May 2015

When it comes to deflation, what matters is what causes it, writes Graeme Leach (City A.M.)


Why Every Good Capitalist Should Also Be a Feminist

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Until women can exercise agency, the global economy will be incapable of achieving its full potential, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Rising to the Challenge: Mexico’s Push for Deeper Reform

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, Carlos Elizondo examined the politics behind Mexico’s reform agenda and shared his insights on the way forward.


The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London, gave a lecture on the Royal African Company and Atlantic commercial enterprise in the 18th century.


Miliband and Cameron Have Yet to Realise What Prosperity Really Means

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Education, safety and the opportunity to become your own boss all matter as much or more than the headline GDP figures, writes Nathan Gamester, Programme Director to the Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)


Empowering Women in Poor Countries is the Solution to Western Economic Woes

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

It is time for a sexual revolution in both the economics profession and in the global economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Capitalism Question Time

Thursday, 23 April 2015

In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.


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)


India 2015: Towards Economic Transformation

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Rajiv Kumar of the Pahle India Foundation is the author of a new Transitions Forum paper which examines whether India's developing democracy can achieve rapid economic reform.

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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.


Why Economists Need to Talk About Sex

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Next time you talk about inequality, poverty or secular stagnation, don’t forget to mention sex, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Libya: Whose Land Is It?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion to launch a new Transitions Forum paper, 'Libya: Whose Land Is It?'. The panel debated the many layers of grievance and administrative chaos which fuel Libya’s conflict, and focused on property rights as a key element of a democracy in transition.


The State and the Market Are Set for Another Needless Collision Course

Friday, 10 April 2015

Rather than returning to the battlegrounds of state versus market, we should make the twenty-first century different to the last, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


The Shadow Economy—Impact on Innovation, East and West

Monday, 16 March 2015

In partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education—Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion on how informal and sometimes illegal economic activity can pose problems but also offer innovative solutions. 


Finding What Works: Building Reform Coalitions in Brazil

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Marcus Melo of the Federal University of Pernambuco joined the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum in a discussion that explored post-authoritarian reform in Brazil, and shared insights for countries facing similar development challenges.


Building Coalitions for Reform in Brazil

Thursday, 26 February 2015

In the latest 'Transitions Lecture Series' paper, author Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuc, examines how reform was pursued in post-authoritarian Brazil and what can be expected of today's post-election scenario.


A Latter Day Domesday Book

Monday, 23 February 2015

Dag Detter, co-author of the forthcoming ‘The Public Wealth of Nations', discussed with Tim Montgomerie, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, how central governments alone could generate additional annual returns of 3 trillion US dollars, through better management of their assets.


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.


The Economics of Prosperity—With Digby, Lord Jones

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Politicians need to "change the mood music" surrounding business, said Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, at a recent Legatum Institute roundtable.


Private Works: A Conversation with Serco's Rupert Soames

Monday, 9 February 2015

In an off-the-record discussion at the Legatum Institute, Rupert Soames, CEO of Serco, spoke about the challenges and opportunities for the private sector in public service delivery. 


Rome’s Economic Revolution

Thursday, 15 January 2015

In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.


Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In the final 2014 lecture in the History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, who explored the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy.


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.


Jesse Norman: My Autumn Statement

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Legatum Institute welcomed Jesse Norman MP for an insightful yet sobering look over the economic horizon. With the Autumn Statement the last real opportunity for new economic policy before the General Election next May, questions covered the likely announcements from the Chancellor in December.


The Corruption of Capitalism: Britain’s Role

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a dinner with Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and Chair of the Modern Slavery Bill Review, in conversation with Lord Glasman, Labour life peer, on the challenges facing capitalism.


Beyond GDP: The True Roots of Prosperity

Monday, 29 September 2014

In his 2014 Conservative Party Conference speech, George Osborne declared that he “wants Britain to be the most prosperous country on earth”. But how do we get there? The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion at this week’s Conservative Party Conference to discuss the drivers of—and the obstacles to—UK prosperity.


The Consolations of Economics

Friday, 12 September 2014

Gerard Lyons, former city economist and now Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, remains stubbornly optimistic about the future world economy and Britain’s place in it.


‘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.


2014 Charles Street Symposium—Call for Applications

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Applications for the Legatum Institute's 2014 Charles Street Symposium are now open. This year's forum will address the question of 'Why do societies prosper?'. Applicants are invited to submit an essay addressing this question for a chance to win top prizes, and the opportunity to attend the 2014 forum at the Legatum Institute's Charles Street offices in London.


The Changing Axis of Economic Power in the Early Modern Period (1550-1750)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, Victoria Bateman, Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring the ‘rise of the West’ in the period 1550-1750.


What's Gone Wrong with the EU? And What Do We Know About the Economics of the EU Membership?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Legatum Institute's inaugural 'Economics of Prosperity' lecture played host to Graeme Leach, Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute and Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics and winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize. The speakers spoke on the topics of: What do we know about the economics of the EU membership? and what has gone wrong with the EU?


A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

Thursday, 15 May 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.


The Road to the 2015 General Election

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Speaking at a lunch at the Legatum Institute, Lynton Crosby, campaign strategist and organisation specialist, discussed the challenges facing the Conservative party in the lead up to the 2015 general election.


Government and Growth

Friday, 25 April 2014

As part of its new ‘Government and Growth’ programme, the Legatum Institute hosted a breakfast with Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, to discuss the impact of government on economic performance, and the global literature pointing towards achieving faster GDP growth by shrinking the state.


Forget Nordic Socialism: Welfare Didn't Make Scandinavia Rich

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

In a column for City A.M., the Legatum Institute's Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies Graeme Leach makes the case for why the Nordic economic model is not a model for the UK.


State of the Economy 2014: The Consequences of Quantitative Easing

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Legatum Institute’s Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, participated in a panel discussion on the future outlook for monetary and fiscal policy, at the Institute for Economic Affairs’ 2014 'State of the Economy' conference.


Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Thursday, 20 February 2014

As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.


The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Burma

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Lecture Series with the National Endowment for Democracy and World Affairs, former FT journalist and Bangkok-based scholar Gwen Robinson discussed the case of Burma, where the political transition and economic reconstruction are closely entwined.


What Would Hayek Say Today (Really)?

Friday, 13 December 2013

As part of its 2013 Charles Street Symposium, the Legatum Institute brought together leading young economists to discuss the relevance - or irrelevance - of Austrian economist Friedrich August von Hayek's thought for today.


What Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive?

Monday, 25 November 2013

A livestreamed discussion to launch the first of the Legatum Institute’s Global Fellow papers, beginning on the series with a paper on entrepreneurship in the developing world.


Launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index: Global Prosperity Rising While US and UK Economies Decline

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Norway leads the world for the fifth year in a row as the Legatum Institute launches its 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™, a unique and robust annual assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct categories.


The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Kenya

Thursday, 17 October 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's ongoing series with the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, and 'World Affairs' magazine, Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO, Carole Kariuki, discussed the role the private sector in securing Kenya’s democratic progress.


The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, and Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner, Angus Deaton gave a talk on his new book, 'The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality'.


The Future of Iran: Economic Reform

Monday, 23 September 2013

Leading Iranian economists discuss the future of economic reform in Iran at the Legatum Institute's latest 'The Future of Iran' workshop.


The Future of Conservatism and the Fate of Free Enterprise

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

As part of its continuing program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism, the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion with prominent American and British conservative commentators on the future of free enterprise.


The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Tunisia

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Speaking at a lecture in Washington, DC, former advisor to the Prime Minister of Tunisia Mondher Ben Ayed was optimistic about Tunisia’s development and argues that tackling economic challenges is essential for Tunisia’s future stability and success.


Is Capitalism Moral?

Thursday, 13 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Morality and Capitalism' series, George Mason University professor, Steven Pearlstein, will explore this question at a lunchtime discussion.


Towards a Reform of Egyptian Subsidies

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

In a discussion at the Legatum Institute, the Cato Institute's Dalibor Rohac will present a new paper arguing for an immediate elimination of subsidies and their replacement with a stream of unconditional cash transfers.


Cash Flow Credit Can Help Entrepreneurs In Transitioning Economies

Friday, 19 April 2013

Columbia Professor Jan Švejnar presents new research on loan performance in Eastern Europe and urges policy makers never to underestimate the entrepreneurial potential in developing countries.


Global Power Shifts: A Status Report

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted Michael Moran, Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Insights, for a wide-ranging conversation on the changing realities of shifts in global power.


The End of Ethics and the Way Back: Markets Degenerate Without Honesty and Trust

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted Ted Roosevelt Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, for a luncheon discussion on his new book, 'The End of Ethics and the Way Back'.


Is the Swedish Model Here to Stay?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sweden, like other Nordic countries, appears to have found a recipe for sustained success. What is behind this remarkable performance? A panel discussion to explore this question from a variety of angles.


The Ingredients of Prosperity: Sweden and Its Neighbours

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Legatum Institute, in partnership with the Swedish Embassy, hosted a panel discussion which looked at the Swedish and Nordic region's economic, political, and social success.


The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions

Friday, 18 January 2013

A conversation with the former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, on why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He will share experiences from the past, and reflect on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.


"Conflict and transition are both manifestations of failed politics"

Friday, 18 January 2013

At an event in Washington, D.C, former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, discussed why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He shared his experiences from the past and reflected on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.


2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.


“South Africa needs to get its act together”

Friday, 7 December 2012

South Africa today is a country beset with challenges – a ruling party in disarray, sluggish economic growth, growing corruption. Is the ANC in terminal decline? Why is South Africa struggling to manage its global brand? Ann Bernstein, executive director at the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, gave a talk at the Legatum Institute to answer some of these questions.


G-20 Needs to Review Admission Standards

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host Jim Glassman, Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and former US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for a roundtable discussion on G-20 admission standards.


Economic crisis and recovery are both networked phenomena

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod argues that politicians and businesses need to understand the power of networks to anticipate and solve problems.


Positive Linking: How Networks and Incentives Can Revolutionise the World

Monday, 15 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod discusses his book which explores the limits of conventional economics and why it needs to embrace the power of the networks—through ‘positive linking’.


Prosperity and Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Monday, 10 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker argues that we can marry concerns about growth with the need to transition to a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.


Preventing the Next Great Recession

Friday, 7 September 2012

Steven Horwitz, chair of economics at St. Lawrence University, urges policy makers to explore market alternatives to central banking and structural reforms of regulatory and fiscal policy processes.


Institutional Reforms to Prevent the Next Recession

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

What lessons can we learn from the causes of the Great Recession and the ensuing slow recovery?


A Renaissance for the Islamic World?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Vali Nasr looks at the potential rejuvenation for the Islamic civilization and suggests the key to success could be through creating economic relationships on a global scale.


2012 Charles Street Symposium

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The inaugural Charles Street Symposium focussed on issues of economic risk and uncertainty and brought together an outstanding group of young scholars with leading senior economists as keynote speakers and mentors.


“It certainly was the eye of the storm”

Thursday, 14 June 2012

In a conversation with Brian Carney of the Wall Street Journal, economist Randall Kroszner describes how he experienced the financial crisis during his time at the Federal Reserve.


What Do We Know For Certain About Uncertainty?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Economist Peter Lewin argues that we generate more uncertainty because we can handle it.


The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part II

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tim Leunig argues that a democracy that works well will deliver sensible debt limits by consent, just as it will deliver sensible policies in a range of other policy areas.


The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part I

Monday, 21 May 2012

Christopher DeMuth argues that debt has become a means of pleasing and placating voters while avoiding democratic accountability.


John Tomasi launches Free Market Fairness book

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

In his new book, Tomasi explains why libertarians should care about social justice.


Philip E. Auerswald and The Coming Prosperity

Friday, 9 March 2012

How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy


Call For Applications: 2012 Charles Street Symposium

Monday, 6 February 2012

New annual forum for the world’s leading young economists will address issues of economic risk and uncertainty


Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World

Friday, 13 January 2012

Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English and Communication at the University of Illinois, visited the Legatum Institute for a discussion of her book 'Bourgeois Dignity—Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World'.


Patrick French on India: A Portrait

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted author Patrick French for a discussion on his book, 'India: A Portrait'; an intimate biography of 1.2 billion people.


Report: The success of the Nordic countries

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Legatum Institute publishes a new report which argues that the strong performance of Nordic economies over the past 15 years is a retreat of government—in terms of public spending, taxation and regulation.


Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson on Pillars of Prosperity

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson for a discussion of their new book, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters.