THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2018

Creating the Pathways from Poverty to Prosperity

Key Findings

Covering 149 nations over the past decade, the Prosperity Index provides insight into why some countries have seen their prosperity rise, why some have seen it fall, and why some have stagnated. Here we highlight ten Key Findings, exploring some of prosperity's biggest winners and losers, the trends in global prosperity, and its distribution within and between countries.
Key Findings

Governance: At its highest in 11 years

29 November 2017

The nature of a country’s governance has a material impact on its prosperity. The rule of law, strong institutions and regulatory quality contribute significantly to economi...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index: Across the world, the Index captures a notable "Commonwealth Effect". The Commonwealth delivers greater prosperity, and greater prosperity given its wealth, than the global average.

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:After a lacklustre performance during the 2008 and 2009 global financial crisis, global prosperity has risen to unprecedented levels.

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Britain is flourishing, helped by a world-class performance in transforming wealth into prosperity. However, ...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Most countries have seen their prosperity rise over the past decade, but their contributions to global prospe...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:The Prosperity Index is unique in its combination of objective and subjective data. The first is factual, the...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:While most people now enjoy more Personal Freedom than they did in 2007, t...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Venezuela has seen the biggest decline in prosperity over the past decade,...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:The conversation about global inequality is almost always one about the di...

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03 November 2016

From the 2016 Prosperity Index:Countries like Yemen (149th) and Afghanistan (148th) demonstrate that deep...

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