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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 Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report: Smart strategies to further improve economic and social wellbeing

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Central and Eastern Europe is at a cross roads; the choices made over the next few years are going to determine the sustainability of future prosperity. 

Over the last thirty years the rise in prosperity across Central and Eastern Europe has been truly remarkable. But as convergence with Western Europe has slowed over the last decade, less than 20% of the gap in prosperity has been closed, and serious questions now loom.  Even so, the Legatum Institute believes that whatever path is followed the common foundations of prosperity, including: rule of law; government integrity and performance and an engaged citizenry are going to be critical to success. If the region were a single country, the average score in the Legatum Prosperity Index would now rank it at 38th in the world. Long-term prosperity is ever more dependent on creating the conditions that develop, attract, retain, and welcome home, highly skilled citizens.

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Legatum Institute receives prestigious award recognising our global Prosperity Index

Friday, 22 June 2018

We are honoured to accept the 2018 Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. This award has been given to recognise our work on the Prosperity Index, which has been an important tool for measuring prosperity across the globe for over a decade.

To be considered for this prestigious award, an organisation must have made a significant contribution to the development and use of Quality of Life measures. Past recipients include the United Nations Development Programme, the Gallup Organisation, and the OECD Better Life Index. We are honoured to be named among such a distinguished group.

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Venezuela's election outcome shines a spotlight on a nation in turmoil

Monday, 21 May 2018

In an election tarnished by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging, Venezuela’s incumbent President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election.

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The 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index™

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Norway comes first in the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index™ beating New Zealand into second place. This year's Index shows that global prosperity now sits at its highest level since 2007, in spite of significant international turbulence.

The 11th edition of the Prosperity Index reveals a number of surprising global, regional and national trends in economic and social wellbeing, including an alarming deterioration in global security and a widening gap between the most and least prosperous nations.

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The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia's future

Friday, 27 October 2017

The political landscape in Australia currently faces a number of issues that threaten the future prosperity of the nation – issues related to economic and social wellbeing. From housing affordability, environmental issues, economic growth to funding issues for critical infrastructure. These issues manage to divide the nation between elections and these are the issues that all sectors of society are trying to address.

The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia's future, has been prepared by the Legatum Institute in consultation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. It examines Australia’s prosperity over the last decade – their current strengths and weaknesses and what this means to keep Australia’s living standards rising into the next decade. 

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The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping the future of our regions

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Prosperity was once considered purely a measurement of financial success. Today though, it’s a vital indicator of a nation’s health across the economy, society and the natural environment.

The quest for prosperity unites all countries — as they strive to improve communities, industries, health outcomes and preserve vital tourism and agricultural assets.

This paper has been prepared by the Legatum Institute in consultation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. It is a data-driven analysis of prosperity across Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK — key markets for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and its members.

Read the paper here.

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The Czech Republic delivers prosperity surplus – but improvements in Social Capital, Education and Business Environment are needed for shift to a knowledge economy

Thursday, 21 September 2017

At an event in Prague today, we look at prosperity in the Czech Republic, where is has grown faster than the Western European average. This event is part of a series, following the launch of our 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report with Erste Bank earlier this year.

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The Quest for Prosperity: How can New Zealand keep living standards rising for all?

Monday, 21 August 2017

For a number of years, New Zealand has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index™ largely in part due to its high scores for its open economy and strong social capital. Our latest paper written by the Prosperity Index team and commissioned by the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, looks at what New Zealand needs to do in order to ensure it continues delivering high living standards for all New Zealanders. 

“New Zealand should be proud of the way it currently delivers and secures prosperity for Kiwis,” says Stephen Brien Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute. “However, maintaining and furthering that prosperity in the future will depend on the depth and breadth of the nation’s human capital.

“To achieve ongoing prosperity, New Zealand must ensure as many people as possible are equipped with the required skills, and have the opportunity, to contribute to society. This will benefit not only the economy, but also the wellbeing of individuals and the communities they live in.”

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Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report

Thursday, 15 June 2017

This inaugural 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report underscores the importance of looking beyond wealth. It shows that while Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) average income remains far behind that of Western Europe, its prosperity has converged at a much faster rate. 

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Central and Eastern European countries deliver prosperity surplus – but further growth hinges on Social Capital, Governance and Business Environment improvements

Thursday, 15 June 2017

In Romania today, we launched our inaugural 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report with Erste Bank. The report underscores the importance of looking beyond wealth. It shows that while Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) average income remains far behind that of Western Europe, its prosperity has converged at a much faster rate. 


Improving Austria's Prosperity

Friday, 28 April 2017

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

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Austria’s challenge and opportunity to increase its prosperity is closely connected to Social Capital

Friday, 28 April 2017

Austria’s Prosperity ranking in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide paints a mixed picture of broad-based but stagnant prosperity 

The Legatum Institute, the international think tank and educational charity, is launching its inaugural “Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report” on 28th April 2017 at Erste Group Bank in Vienna with a roundtable focused on Austria.


In CapX, Cristine Odone writes that Italians may live longer but they don't all prosper.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values writes in CapX some Italians may be living long and healthy lives, with pensioners clinging to memories of the “economic miracle” that made for a dolce vita, but those under 30 are stuck paying the bill for their elders’ indulgence.

Read the article in CapX here.


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.


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.


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.


Free Trade's Critics Were Once Its Champions

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Globalisation is clearly under attack, whether we look at trade flows or foreign direct investment, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (Bloomberg)


Patriotism Needn’t Be a Dirty Word

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The most successful patriots combine their ideals with a global outlook, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)



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.


May’s 48/52 Challenge

Friday, 15 July 2016

The newly announced “48:52” project from the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice will seek to analyse why people made the choice they did in the EU Referendum and heal the divisions caused by it, as laid out by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)


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.

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Winner of AIG Legatum Prize 2016 Unveiled

Monday, 21 March 2016

LONDON—The AIG Legatum Prize, which challenges the world’s brightest young minds to generate new ideas to some of the toughest policy questions, was presented last Thursday night to Irish student Kyle Moore for his proposal of a pan-EU ‘caring credits’ system.

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AIG Legatum Prize Reveals Five Shortlisted Entrants

Monday, 22 February 2016

LONDON—The AIG Legatum Prize, which challenges the world’s brightest young minds to generate new ideas to some of the toughest policy questions, has unveiled a shortlist of five finalists.


Can the Right Save Argentina?

Friday, 11 December 2015

The heavy dose of economic liberalism needed to secure Argentinian prosperity is the natural territory for the party of newly appointed president, Mauricio Macri. The question is, can he do enough? By Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


10 Years On, Cameron’s Compassionate Conservativism has Failed to Deliver Its Promises

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Drawing on data from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, Abigail Watson, Research Intern, reveals how after 10 years in the job, David Cameron's promises have failed to materialise (


Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)


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.)


Prosperity for All: Restoring Faith in Capitalism

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A ten-part manifesto, authored by Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Tim Montgomerie, that seeks to understand how capitalism has come to attract such negative public reaction, and what governments must do to prove to citizens that capitalism really can bring prosperity to everyone.


Social Mobility: What Really Holds People Back

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Social mobility isn't just an academic matter—it's personal, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX).


"The Legatum Institute is going from strength to strength"

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Department, was guest speaker at the Legatum Institute's 2015 Summer Party.


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)


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)


Unlocking the Potential of Female Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Barriers need to be removed so more African women have tools to become entrepreneurs, write the Legatum Institute's Nathan Gamester and Anthony Demetriou (The Guardian)


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)


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)

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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.


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.


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)


Prosperity Delivers Them All

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute reacts to the launch of a new report, launched by Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, on engineering greater, and 'inclusive', prosperity around the world (e-Politix)


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.


Why Do Societies Prosper? 2014 Charles Street Symposium

Friday, 5 December 2014

This year, the annual Charles Street Symposium, an essay competition and forum for young researchers, addressed the question ‘Why do societies prosper?’ The aim of the competition is to bring together bright thinkers to address issues of relevance to public policy that are inadequately discussed and understood in existing research.


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.


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.


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 Conservative Agenda for Business

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Legatum Institute hosted Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP, for a small gathering of business leaders on the Conservative agenda for business. 


Human Flourishing: Expanding Opportunity for All by Strengthening Free Enterprise

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Legatum Institute was delighted to host a breakfast conversation with Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He discussed AEI's upcoming programme on 'Human Flourishing: Expanding Opportunity for All by Strengthening Free Enterprise', which explores the question of what do we know about the true sources of happiness?


Sankalp Africa Forum 2014: Driving Prosperity In Africa

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

In February, representatives of the 'Legatum Prosperity Index™' attended the 2014 Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. 


The Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Legatum Institute hosted a panel on the cultural aspects of prosperity at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The discussion was based on Dorothy Kosinski's global fellowship paper, 'A Case for the Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society'.


The Case of Estonia: Keynote Address with President Ilves of Estonia

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Estonian President Toomas Ilves delivered a keynote address on 'The Role of ICT in Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation' at the Legatum Institute.


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.


A Safer and More Prosperous World: Why Aid Really Matters In An Age of Austerity

Monday, 24 June 2013

Former Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell MP is the author of a new Legatum Institute pamphlet setting out his thoughts on the future of international development and the UK’s aid programme.

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Private Sector Holds the Key to the Future of British Aid, Says Andrew Mitchell MP

Sunday, 23 June 2013

LONDON—As part of the Legatum Institute (LI) "Policy Dialogues" series, former Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, today publishes a paper setting out his thoughts on the future of international development and the UK’s aid programme.


Women On Stage: Theatre, Liberty, and Prosperity

Thursday, 23 May 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Dame Harriet Walter, one of Britain's leading actors, discussed the interpretation of female roles and what it tells us about social progress and prosperity.


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.


Ethics for a More Prosperous World

Thursday, 25 October 2012

His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined a Legatum Institute symposium and a live global webcast exploring the role of values and ethics as foundations of human prosperity.


Live Stream and Q&A with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a livestreamed discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for an interactive global conversation on 'Ethics for a More Prosperous World.'


Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Rutgers University Professor of Philosophy Larry Temkin discusses his original and deeply unsettling works of sceptical philosophy that mounts an important new challenge to contemporary ethics.


What Allows Civilisations To Prosper?

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

As part of the Legatum Institute Salon Series, this discussion at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. explored the cultural and political life in Vienna a hundred years ago.


The West vs The Rest

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Are America’s Best Days Behind Us?


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.