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2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ (10th Edition)

The 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ finds that New Zealand's unrivalled ability to turn its wealth into prosperity has put the country in 1st position in the 10th edition of the Index.

Recent Publications

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.

Special Trade Commission: Cost of EEA Membership for UK Briefing

Monday, 7 November 2016

While there has been much speculation as to the cost of the UK leaving the Customs Union and European Single Market, little thought has been put into the cost associated with remaining in the Customs Union or Single Market in lost opportunities to sign trade deals with other countries. This paper looks at the opportunity costs, and what could be achieved if the UK were able to sign a deal for a Prosperity Zone including like-minded countries, coalesced around the fundamental ideas of open trade, competition on the merits and property rights protection.

2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ (10th Edition)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™ finds that New Zealand's unrivalled ability to turn its wealth into prosperity has put the country in 1st position in the 10th edition of the Index.

Special Trade Commission: Financial Services Briefing

Monday, 31 October 2016

One of the major issues in the forthcoming process of the UK leaving the EU is the area of the negotiations that relate to financial services. This policy paper, produced by the Legatum Institute's 'Special Trade Commission', makes essential recommendations for how to negotiate deals that will enable a thriving and prosperous sector, post-Brexit.

2016 UK Prosperity Index

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Facts We Can Believe In: How to Make Fact-Checking Better

Friday, 7 October 2016

The latest ‘Beyond Propaganda’ paper looks at recent claims that we are living in a ‘post-fact’ world. Authored by Alistair Shawcross, this publication examines the role of fact-checking organisations in combatting disinformation and points towards recommendations for the future.

48:52—Healing a Divided Britain

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice have published a joint report that analyses why those who voted to leave the EU chose to do so, and how the UK Government can bridge the gap between people who are benefiting from a more globally connected world and those who fear for their, and their children’s, future.

The Road to Brexit

Saturday, 1 October 2016

In the wake of the British vote to exit the EU, All Souls College (University of Oxford) hosted a seminar on the process and necessary priorities for the UK government to ensure a positive outcome for the country. This collection of essays shares some of those recommendations and indentifies the critical need for the UK to be clear about what it wants, and how it intends to deliver it.

Trade Tools for the 21st Century

Friday, 30 September 2016

Shanker Singham and Molly Kiniry are the authors of a new Legatum Institute study that outlines the difficulties that are faced by modern trade agreements, which include powerful political forces opposing globalisation and the rising tide of protectionism, populism, and nationalism.

Prosperity: An Aristotelian Legacy

Monday, 19 September 2016

In this essay, Legatum Institute Senior Adviser Hywel Williams reflects on the Aristotelian roots of the conception of prosperity and its link with human flourishing. The essay also explores the conceptual structures of Aristotelian thought on eudaimonia and teases out the unique differences between prevailing notions of prosperity and Aristotle’s contribution to our understanding of human flourishing.

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.

How to Stop Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine for the Wider World

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The latest 'Beyond Propaganda' paper looks at Ukraine as a laboratory of information war. Authored by Marina Pesenti and Peter Pomerantsev, this publication examines initiatives undertaken by the government, media, and civil society and seeks to identify techniques that can help other democracies counter new forms of disinformation.

Factual Entertainment: How to Make Media Literacy Popular

Thursday, 11 August 2016

As part of the 'Beyond Propaganda' series, Factual Entertainment examines the importance of "Media Literacy" as a tool for countering information wars, lies, and hate speech. With a special focus on the Middle East and Ukraine, author Paul Copeland demonstrates how mainstream entertainment television and online products can be used to teach audiences the difference between accurate, informational reporting—and manipulative propaganda.

Winning the Information War

Monday, 1 August 2016

Peter Pomerantsev and Edward Lucas are the authors of a new paper that offers techniques and counter-strategies to combat Russian propaganda in Central and Eastern Europe. Launched this week, the paper is published in partnership with the Center for European Policy Analysis's (CEPA) 'Information Warfare Initiative'.

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.

How Kenya Cleaned Up Its Courts

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A new constitution gave judicial reformers an opportunity to earn back the people’s trust. Maya Gainer tells us what they did with it.

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.

Housing the Mind

Thursday, 9 June 2016

What impact does the built environment have on our mental health? Psychiatrists Ciaran Abbey and TBS Balamurali are the authors of a new Legatum Institute study that explores the relationship between mental health and housing as a cornerstone from which humans can develop and flourish.

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.

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.

How Can We Ensure that Ageing Societies Are More Prosperous Societies?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The 2015-16 Charles Street Symposium and essay contest addresses one of the most daunting challenges facing society—that of demographic change. This publication presents the policy ideas of five shortlisted essayists, offering potential solutions for how to ensure that ageing societies are 'more prosperous' societies.

Is Transition Reversible? The Case of Central Europe

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Anton Shekhovtsov, Legatum Institute Visiting Senior Fellow, is the author of a new paper that seeks to identify patterns of illiberalism across countries in Central Europe, and offers recommendations for how to reverse these trends.

A World Transformed: Studies in the History of Capitalism

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series has published a collection of essays based on the second year of the course.