National success is about more than just wealth. And yet, traditionally we have used narrow measures of wealth (such as GDP) as our benchmark to determine the success of nations. The Legatum Prosperity Index™ goes beyond this to measure countries’ success against a broad set of metrics covering areas such as health, education, governance, personal freedom, and more.
The Legatum Prosperity Index is the only global index that measures national prosperity based on institutional, economic, and social wellbeing. It seeks to redeﬁne the concept of national prosperity to include, as a matter of fundamental importance, factors such as democratic governance, entrepreneurial opportunity, and social cohesion.
The Index is designed to be a transformational tool. Our ambition is that leaders around the world use it to help set their agendas for growth and development, and that others use it to hold them to account. The Index aims to spark debate and to encourage policymakers, scholars, the media, and the interested public to take a holistic view of prosperity and better understand how it is created.
Measuring 167 countries representing more than 99% of the world’s population, the Index provides a more complete picture of global prosperity than any other tool of its kind.