The Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is an annual ranking of 149 countries that covers 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP.

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The Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is an annual ranking of 149 countries that covers 96% of the world’s population and 99% of global GDP.

Summary

Prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of an even better life in the future. This is true for individuals as well as nations.

How do people flourish? Why are some nations more prosperous than others and how do poorer communities transition from poverty to increasing prosperity?

Over the last ten years the Legatum Institute, through the Legatum Prosperity Index™, has tracked the journey of 149 nations in order to answer these questions. The results explain how and why nations with similar resources do better or worse than their peers and what drives and constrains the creation of a more prosperous society.

Why do we care? We believe that true prosperity is not just for a privileged few, but for everyone. Prosperity is simply the opportunity for every person to discover, fulfil, and share their potential, becoming the best they can be and helping others be the best they can be. It involves both wealth and wellbeing. No person need languish in poverty or in social isolation.

In measuring prosperity, the goal of the Legatum Prosperity Index™ is the transformation of people. We want to know what life is really like for people, identify what is preventing it being better, and remove obstacles to prosperity in order to help all become the best that they can be.

Through the insights generated by ten years of data, the Prosperity Index provides evidence that transformation is possible, and the tools and knowledge to help bring about that change.

Use the Index to inform your vote, use it to hold leaders to account, use it as a leader to make better choices, use it to keep media honest, use it to educate children, use it to inspire your family, your friends, and help your community be the best they can be.

Join us as we help create prosperity for everyone, everywhere.

Key Findings in 2016

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China and India: Biggest drivers of prosperity

China and India account for almost 40 percent of the growth in global prosperity over the past decade.

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Global prosperity is at its highest point

It is now three percent higher than it was in 2007 due to improvements in Personal Freedom, Health, Education and a better Business Environment. 

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UK's prosperity created is not prosperity shared

Britain is flourishing, helped by a world-class performance in transforming wealth into prosperity. However, the opportunity for flourishing is not open to all.

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The image above indicates the change in Prosperity over a decade.

 

“The Prosperity Index finds a strong and mutually-reinforcing relationship between a nation’s economic growth and the happiness of its citizens”
John Howard, Former Prime Minister of Australia