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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.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: Just as MPs Can’t Negotiate Britain’s Brexit, So They Can’t Negotiate its Future Trade Deals

Sunday, 13 November 2016

In an article for ConservativeHome, Shanker Singham, Chair of the Special Trade Commission, says we need fast-track deals—which Parliament should endorse or reject—but can’t write.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: UK Must Weigh Up Cost of EEA Membership

Thursday, 10 November 2016

In an article for Reaction, Shanker Singham (Chair of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission), urges the UK to establish its own EU trade agreement.

Publications

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.

Publications

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.

Commentary

Nick Clegg Attacked for Claiming Brexit Will Cause Food Prices to Rise

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Nick Clegg faced a furious backlash yesterday evening as he was rounded on for claiming food prices would jump after the UK leaves the EU, writes Jake Cordell with Shanker Singham contributing. (City AM)

Press Release

UK Cities Are Rich—So Why Are Their Residents Not Prosperous?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's newly-released 2016 UK Prosperity Index finds that UK cities are failing to turn their economic growth into better lives for people.

Commentary

Brexit Britain Can Be a Catalyst for Global Free Trade

Monday, 10 October 2016

We need a new strategy that develops competition and free trade for Britain and the world says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Publications

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.

Events

Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.

Commentary

Frozen Capital: How to Boost Iceland’s Economy

Monday, 26 September 2016

The discriminatory nature of the capital controls exit mechanism could have a huge impact on Iceland’s economy, and on its people, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Reaction)

Commentary

The Mayor of London Has Opted to Protect Privilege Not Competition

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sadiq Khan’s crackdown on London’s private hire industry is a sop to a privileged monopoly that distorts competitive markets and fails to defend consumer interests, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City AM)

Commentary

Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)

Commentary

Brexit is About to Open Up a World of Opportunity

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Released from the strictures of the European Union, Britain can once more take its place at the centre of a network of trading relationships and agreements, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (The Times)

Commentary

A Good UK-EU Trade Deal is Good for the World

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

If handled well and with care Brexit offers future trade partners many potential advantages says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Commentary

New Trade War Threatens Global Order as TTIP Talks Stall

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The failing support and popularity for TTIP has much to do with a lack of governmental PR and information but Britain can still prosper post-Brexit. Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

Publications

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.

Commentary

Britain Can Get a Much Better US Trade Deal Than the EU's Failing TTIP

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

While TTIP stumbles on towards an unknown destination, post-Brexit Britain has a chance to forge a better trade deal with the US writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)

Commentary

The Common Agricultural Policy is Iniquitous and Inefficient. Now, With Brexit, We Can Be Fairer and More Productive

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Brexit provides Britain with a wonderful opportunity to re-design one of the most ill-thought through policies of modern times argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Daily Telegraph)

Commentary

Special Trade Commission Warns UK to Treat China With "Kid Gloves", and Focus on Secure Deals with Countries with "Similar Values"

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Legatum Institute's recently-launched Special Trade Commission is calling on the UK to focus on negotiations with culturally similar nations (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Doomsday? Britain's Many Surprises

Friday, 12 August 2016

Quoted in an article for Voice of AmericaShanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding Brexit and the opportunities to build a vibrant trade network.

Publications

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.

Commentary

Should Philip Hammond Cut VAT to Support Post-referendum Economy?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

In the Post-Brexit economy, what are the political and economic advantages a VAT cut would bring about? City A.M. journalist Jake Cordell outlines the thoughts of the UK’s leading economic thinkers with comment provided by Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute. (City A.M.) 

Commentary

How Britain Can Boldly Seize the New Opportunities Created by Brexit in Trade and Beyond

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, outlines his proposal for how Britain can seize—and thrive from—the opportunities presented by Brexit (City A.M.)

Commentary

Unshackled from the EU, Britain Must Choose Its Trade Partners Wisely

Monday, 18 July 2016

Following the UK’s choice to leave the European Union, the government must not rush into trade deals with other countries and complacently believe they all require a uniform approach to trade negotiation, writes Shanker Singham, Legatum Institute’s Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies (CapX)

Commentary

Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)

Commentary

Is Free Trade Dead?

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The UK would suffer the most if it withdrew into a protectionist culture following Brexit, writes Emily Redding, Research Consultant at the Legatum Institute and author of the report “Trading Up: New ideas for UK Exports” (POLITICO)

Commentary

After Brexit, Britain Suddenly Becomes European

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Post-Brexit, the old ideological differences that defined the political spectrum in UK political parties are now gone, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

The UK Needs a Special Trade Representative

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Following Brexit, the UK must appoint a special trade representative to ensure it gets the best possible deal for Britain, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Reaction)

Commentary

Brexiteers on the Left Are Following a Yellow Brick Road, Destined for Disappointment

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Is Brexit an opportunity for the left to respond to the ‘working class revolt’ among Britons, and reform capitalism for the better? Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman argues that there are three categories of Leave voter, and each have very different motivations (LSE Blogs)

Commentary

Brexit: Reaching for a Higher Vision

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Opportunities are usually born out of crisis; in many ways, Britain has been dealt an exceptionally good hand. It is now time to play it, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Understanding the Anti-Immigrant Mindset

Thursday, 23 June 2016

As Britain decides whether or not to leave the European Union, it is clear that one issue created the greatest source of tension: immigration, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

Commentary

A Brexiteer Reluctantly for Remain

Monday, 20 June 2016

Losing Europe as a carrier of classical liberalism would be a disaster for Europe and for the world, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Market-friendly or Simply Business-friendly? It Depends on How India Pushes for Real Reforms

Saturday, 18 June 2016

In an article for the Economic Times of India, the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains why simply being 'business-friendly' is not enough to lift the country's people out of poverty. For true reform, government policies must also be 'market-friendly'.

Publications

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.

Press Release

UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.

Commentary

Sadiq Khan’s Pledge to Crack Down on Uber Smacks of the Worst of Crony Capitalism

Friday, 10 June 2016

Governments need to understand the difference between legitimate prudential regulation, and a naked attempt by an incumbent to knock out competitors and protect a privileged position, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

Exit From EU Would Hit Poor UK Families Hard

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The impact of an exit from the European Union on low-income households can be expected to be severe—particularly if the government wishes to balance its books, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

Commentary

Britain’s Trade Future in Question if Brexit Happens?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Obama has warned that Britain will lose its preferred position at the TTIP negotiating table if it leaves the EU. But that's not how trade deals are done, argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Voice of America)

Events

Hong Kong and the Context of Laissez-Faire: Myths and Truths about a 'Free Market Paradise'

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Catherine Schenk, Professor of International Economic History at the University of Glasgow, told the story of Hong Kong’s transformation into an international financial centre and challenged some of the common perceptions around Hong Kong as a paradigm of Laissez-Faire Capitalism at work.

Press Release

Decades of Economic Growth Have Failed to Deliver Greater Levels of Prosperity for Many African Countries

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

LONDON—New Index reveals which countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have over and under-achieved in creating more prosperous societies given their levels of wealth.

Publications

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.

Commentary

Why Free Trade Works

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A world of open trade, where competition on the merits is the economy’s organising principle, is a world that delivers growth, hope and opportunity in a sustainable, fair and more equitable manner, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX).

Commentary

Great Britain’s Role in the World

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The dawning realisation that Britain has never, and will never commit to political union, means that regardless of what happens in the Brexit referendum, Britain is on a path to an alternative 'landing zone', writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Cottonopolis: Manchester, the Growth and Growing Pains of a Modern City

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

In the third History of Capitalism lecture for 2016, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University's Gonville and Caius College, charted the rise of Manchester, discussing the growing pains involved in its rapid growth into a truly international city.

Commentary

Tax Policy Is Widening the Gender Gap

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tax policies unfairly penalise secondary earners, generally women, across much of Europe, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

Commentary

Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Copperopolis: Swansea’s Heyday, Decline and Regeneration

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

In the second lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University, explored the significance of Swansea as an exemplar of how the capitalist dynamo, driven by aggressive, innovative entrepreneurialism, shaped patterns of economic development. 

Commentary

Trump/Sanders Policies Could Cost Six Million American Jobs

Friday, 11 March 2016

The protectionist policies put forward by US Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, will be the biggest job-killer we have seen since the Great Depression, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Austrian Economics in the 21st Century

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to welcome Peter Boettke for a breakfast to discuss the role of the Austrian school of economics in the world post financial crisis.

Commentary

Leaving the EU Will Hurt British Science

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Replacing European science grants with British government grants will not repair the damage to the science base of the economy should Britain decide to leave the EU, argues Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (BloombergView)

Events

A Conversation with Nobel Prize-Winner, Angus Deaton

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Legatum Institute was honoured to host Nobel Prize-winner and renowned economist, Professor Angus Deaton, as part of a meeting in Washington, DC with Prosperity Index advisors to discuss wealth creation and the many other drivers of prosperity.

Events

Lubeck and the Hanseatic League: The Birthplace of the Common Market

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

In the first lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and Legatum Fellow, told the story of the Hanseatic League and the city of Lubeck that lay at its heart.

Commentary

Women Can Move the Middle East Beyond Oil

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

For the Middle East to adjust to life after oil, it will need to allow for greater freedom and tolerance, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (BloombergView)

Events

Labour’s Economic Agenda for 2016

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary for the Treasury and MP for Feltham and Heston, discussed the idea of shared prosperity with broader, inclusive economic goals, as opposed to short term economic policy-making.

Press Release

The Legatum Institute Appoints Shanker Singham as Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

LONDON—The Legatum Institute, the international think tank based in London, has appointed Shanker Singham to the newly created position of Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies.

Commentary

The TV vs the Fridge

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

In Russia, economic decline isn't translating into dissatisfaction with Putin. The Legatum Institute's Peter Pomerantsev and Nathan Gamester explain why (Democracy Lab)

Commentary

Feminism is Not to Blame for the Breakdown of Society

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The solution to family and societal breakdown is not to blame feminists, but to remove obstacles that prevent men from escaping from their own stereotype, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)

Events

After the Crash, Before the War: Culture and Society in Europe in the 1930s

Thursday, 19 November 2015

In the final History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philipp Blom, author, journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster, painted a vivid picture of the scars left by the First World War on European culture and society.

Events

Happy Days: Britain’s 'Great' Depression

Thursday, 19 November 2015

As part of its History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted an experts’ seminar on the UK Government’s response to the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Commentary

Reducing Poverty the Female Way

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Young women need to be able to access information about how their life chances hang delicately upon their fertility choices, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

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.)

Commentary

The Tory Majority Was Won on the Economic Battlefield of 2014

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Conservatives' General Election success rested on a pronounced shift to more optimistic economic expectations among the population during the course of 2014, according to findings from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™—by Louie Brockbank for ConservativeHome

Publications

2015 UK Prosperity Report

Monday, 2 November 2015

The UK Prosperity Report reveals Britain is more prosperous in 2015 than it has been at any point in the past seven years. The data is based on findings from the 2015 global Legatum Prosperity Index, published in November this year.

Press Release

Norway is the Most Prosperous Country in the World

Monday, 2 November 2015

LONDON—The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009 while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the seventh year running, Norway is the most prosperous country in the world.

Commentary

Forget Nordic Exceptionalism: Scandinavia Grew Wealthy Despite Big Government

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Nordic Model is often referred to as 'the exception which disproves the rule that big government is negative for long-term growth'. Yet, a closer look at the evidence reveals the Nordic economies aren’t exceptional at all, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

Is This the Death of the North-South Divide?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The north-south divide does not compel the north to poverty or the south to riches. The future is still for the taking, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Press Release

Scotland is More Prosperous than England According to a New Legatum Institute Study

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

LONDON—The Legatum Institute's new ‘Geography of Prosperity’ index finds Scotland is more prosperous than England based on average income per person along with how happy they feel.

Commentary

Welfare Reform: Why Susbsidising Other People’s Kids Must Have Limits

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The bloated welfare state represents a threat to individual drive and prosperity, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

News

Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner and Princeton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize

Monday, 12 October 2015

Angus Deaton, Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs and co-author of the Legatum Institute's 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.

Commentary

New Zealand Can Negotiate Vast Trade Deals Like TPP. Why Can't Britain?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The European Union is a disaster area for free trade agreements - and one whose share of global GDP is actually shrinking, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

Events

2015 Labour Party Conference: How Can the Left make Peace with Free Markets?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Tim Montgomerie and Nick Cohen, two of Britain’s leading commentators, discussed Labour’s future under Jeremy Corbyn at a packed event at the 2015 Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

Commentary

Women: Beware Socialists Bearing Gifts!

Monday, 28 September 2015

When it comes to women and the Left, the story is one of turbulence rather than harmony, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

Is Economics a Sexist Science?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In a column for the Times Higher Education, Legatum Institute Fellow Victoria Bateman looks at the gender mix within economics and details her own attempts to encourage more women into the discipline.

Commentary

Economists Need to Entertain the Human Element

Monday, 24 August 2015

It's time for economists to re-think their assumptions about human behaviour, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

Hiking Rates Could be a Fed Error of Historic Proportions

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

If the US Fed acts too hastily this year, it could be forced into a humiliating reversal next year, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)     

Commentary

Immigration is the Answer to Europe’s Demographic Crisis

Friday, 31 July 2015

Bribing women in rich countries to have more children is not the answer to solving a population crisis, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


Commentary

Are Interest Rates About to Rise? Don’t Bank On It Yet

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tightening monetary policy when broad money growth stands at just over 4 per cent would be a brave move and the wrong one, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

The Dark Side of Economic Growth

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ignoring the negatives of economic growth undermines its very foundations, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

Britain Versus the World

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Will the budget really deliver a high-productivity high-wage economy? Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman writes for CapX

Commentary

Ukraine Is a Mess, But It’s Still No Greece

Monday, 6 July 2015

Greece isn’t the only European country teetering on the brink of default, writes Ievgen Vorobiov for Democracy Lab.

Commentary

The Prosperity Problem

Sunday, 5 July 2015

In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.


Events

Ukraine: The Broken Economic Model, Who Pays for It, and How to Fix It?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum hosted Andrei Kirilenko, Professor of the Practice of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, for a conversation on how to tackle Ukraine’s economic crisis.

Commentary

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)

Commentary

It’s the Greek Politics, Stupid

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Greek crisis is a political mess that threatens all of Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

Grexit? Decline in Potential Growth is the Real Challenge

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Whether it’s the United Kingdom, Greece or China, the primary focus of economic policy should be on raising potential output growth, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

Commentary

Bringing Europe Back From the Abyss

Monday, 15 June 2015

Never mind renegotiation. If Europe wants Britain to stay on board, it needs to sort out its economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Commentary

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)

Commentary

A Post-GDP World

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

It’s time to end the tyranny of Gross Domestic Product, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti for Democracy Lab.

Commentary

The Importance of Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, and Governance for Latin America

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, is the author of a new research paper that looks at entrepreneurship and opportunity in Latin America, based on trends outlined in the Legatum Prosperity Index™ over the past five years.

Commentary

UK Must Prepare for the Asian Consumer Revolution

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, offers eight reforms to position Britain for the coming Asian consumer revolution (City A.M)

Commentary

We Must Stop Panicking About Deflation

Thursday, 21 May 2015

When it comes to deflation, what matters is what causes it, writes Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Commentary

Why Every Good Capitalist Should Also Be a Feminist

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Until women can exercise agency, the global economy will be incapable of achieving its full potential, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Events

Rising to the Challenge: Mexico’s Push for Deeper Reform

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, Carlos Elizondo examined the politics behind Mexico’s reform agenda and shared his insights on the way forward.

Events

The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London, gave a lecture on the Royal African Company and Atlantic commercial enterprise in the 18th century.

Commentary

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)

Commentary

Empowering Women in Poor Countries is the Solution to Western Economic Woes

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

It is time for a sexual revolution in both the economics profession and in the global economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Events

Capitalism Question Time

Thursday, 23 April 2015

In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.

Commentary

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)

Publications

India 2015: Towards Economic Transformation

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Rajiv Kumar of the Pahle India Foundation is the author of a new Transitions Forum paper which examines whether India's developing democracy can achieve rapid economic reform.

Press Release

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.

Commentary

Why Economists Need to Talk About Sex

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Next time you talk about inequality, poverty or secular stagnation, don’t forget to mention sex, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Events

Libya: Whose Land Is It?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion to launch a new Transitions Forum paper, 'Libya: Whose Land Is It?'. The panel debated the many layers of grievance and administrative chaos which fuel Libya’s conflict, and focused on property rights as a key element of a democracy in transition.

Commentary

The State and the Market Are Set for Another Needless Collision Course

Friday, 10 April 2015

Rather than returning to the battlegrounds of state versus market, we should make the twenty-first century different to the last, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

Events

The Shadow Economy—Impact on Innovation, East and West

Monday, 16 March 2015

In partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education—Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion on how informal and sometimes illegal economic activity can pose problems but also offer innovative solutions. 

Events

Finding What Works: Building Reform Coalitions in Brazil

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Marcus Melo of the Federal University of Pernambuco joined the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum in a discussion that explored post-authoritarian reform in Brazil, and shared insights for countries facing similar development challenges.

Publications

Building Coalitions for Reform in Brazil

Thursday, 26 February 2015

In the latest 'Transitions Lecture Series' paper, author Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuc, examines how reform was pursued in post-authoritarian Brazil and what can be expected of today's post-election scenario.

Events

A Latter Day Domesday Book

Monday, 23 February 2015

Dag Detter, co-author of the forthcoming ‘The Public Wealth of Nations', discussed with Tim Montgomerie, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, how central governments alone could generate additional annual returns of 3 trillion US dollars, through better management of their assets.

Events

Workshop on the Usage of Data for Driving Social Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Legatum Institute was proud to host the first in a series of workshops organised as part of the EU FP7 Web-COSI project. The Web-COSI project, part of the Europe2020 strategy, analysed how data can be used to drive social entrepreneurship.

Events

The Economics of Prosperity—With Digby, Lord Jones

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Politicians need to "change the mood music" surrounding business, said Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, at a recent Legatum Institute roundtable.

Events

Private Works: A Conversation with Serco's Rupert Soames

Monday, 9 February 2015

In an off-the-record discussion at the Legatum Institute, Rupert Soames, CEO of Serco, spoke about the challenges and opportunities for the private sector in public service delivery. 

Commentary

A Way to Save Up to 14 Per Cent of the NHS Budget

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Many solutions require political will which is simply absent. But here’s one innovative approach which could at least buy more breathing space, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Events

Rome’s Economic Revolution

Thursday, 15 January 2015

In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.

Commentary

Bankers' Bonuses, Roman Style

Monday, 12 January 2015

Since antiquity, moneymen have been the target of vitriol, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Assistant at the Legatum Institute.

Commentary

A Statement of Prosperity

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

December's Autumn Statement could be the Conservatives' path back to power, writes Harriet Maltby, Government Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Events

Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In the final 2014 lecture in the History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, who explored the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy.

Events

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.

Events

Jesse Norman: My Autumn Statement

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Legatum Institute welcomed Jesse Norman MP for an insightful yet sobering look over the economic horizon. With the Autumn Statement the last real opportunity for new economic policy before the General Election next May, questions covered the likely announcements from the Chancellor in December.


Press Release

Africa Prosperity Report Reveals an Increase in Economic Growth which is Still Not Translating to Shared Prosperity

Friday, 7 November 2014

KIGALI, RWANDA—The Africa Prosperity Report launched today in Kigali at the annual African Leadership Network conference confirms great successes across the continent in terms of Economy and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity.

Commentary

Challenges and Obstacles to Africa's Long-Term Prosperity

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In an interview with CNBC Africa, Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute, takes a look at Africa's prosperity based on findings from the Legatum Institute's 2014 Africa Prosperity report. 

Events

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.

Commentary

The NHS’s Monopoly is Weakening—UK Healthcare Has a Bright Future

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

There has been plenty of change in health policy over the past 20 years, but one thing has remained—the NHS’s monopoly position. However, Graeme Leach is optimistic about the future of Britain's healthcare (City A.M.)

Commentary

The Empire is Dead: Long Live its Spirit

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Private enterprise, not the state, drove eighteenth century British prosperity and can do so again, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

Events

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.

Commentary

The Lesson of John Key’s Victory: Keep the Faith

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

With a third election victory under his belt, Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute, explains why the New Zealand Prime Minister's latest success offers hope for Tories—and it's all about determination and strong values (ConservativeHome)

Events

The Consolations of Economics

Friday, 12 September 2014

Gerard Lyons, former city economist and now Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, remains stubbornly optimistic about the future world economy and Britain’s place in it.

Events

‘Let the market play!' A Lesson for Business from the Treasury Select Committee

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Business is a key driver of prosperous societies—so it must be freed of too much regulation, said Steve Baker MP, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, during a recent Legatum Institute business breakfast at the House of Commons.

News

2014 Charles Street Symposium—Call for Applications

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Applications for the Legatum Institute's 2014 Charles Street Symposium are now open. This year's forum will address the question of 'Why do societies prosper?'. Applicants are invited to submit an essay addressing this question for a chance to win top prizes, and the opportunity to attend the 2014 forum at the Legatum Institute's Charles Street offices in London.


Commentary

The World Cup's Six Economic Lessons

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The World Cup is a fascinating lesson in economics, as well as football, writes Graeme Leach, Director of Economic and Prosperity Studies (City A.M.)

Events

The Changing Axis of Economic Power in the Early Modern Period (1550-1750)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, Victoria Bateman, Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring the ‘rise of the West’ in the period 1550-1750.

Publications

Economic Development and the Role of the Private Sector—A Case Study of Kenya

Friday, 30 May 2014

In 'Economic Development and the Role of the Private Sector - A Case Study of Kenya', a new 'Transitions Forum' paper, author Caroline Kariuki explains why a vibrant private sector is essential for Kenya’s economic and political development.

Events

What's Gone Wrong with the EU? And What Do We Know About the Economics of the EU Membership?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Legatum Institute's inaugural 'Economics of Prosperity' lecture played host to Graeme Leach, Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute and Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics and winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize. The speakers spoke on the topics of: What do we know about the economics of the EU membership? and what has gone wrong with the EU?

Events

A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

Thursday, 15 May 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.

Press Release

Democracy Works! The Case From India, Brazil and South Africa

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

There is a "Democratic Alternative from the South" according to a two-year research project conducted by the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa (CDE) and the Legatum Institute in London. Along with contributions from two partner think tanks in India and Brazil, their findings refute the argument that democracy is a hindrance to faster economic growth and inclusion of the poor.


Events

The Road to the 2015 General Election

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Speaking at a lunch at the Legatum Institute, Lynton Crosby, campaign strategist and organisation specialist, discussed the challenges facing the Conservative party in the lead up to the 2015 general election.

Publications

The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

'The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa' is the final report of 'Democracy Works', a project between the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Development and Enterprise. The project aims to refresh the development debate and inject the voice of democratic countries from the South.

Commentary

Poseidon Politics: The Battle For 2015

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

With just one year to go until the UK General Election in 2015, thought has inevitably turned to the deciding factors—from the economic recovery to Ed Miliband’s electability. Truthfully these factors are unlikely to have an impact on who forms a majority, only how big that majority is. The election outcome has largely been decided by institutional factors that make it Ed Miliband’s to lose, not David Cameron’s.

Events

Government and Growth

Friday, 25 April 2014

As part of its new ‘Government and Growth’ programme, the Legatum Institute hosted a breakfast with Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, to discuss the impact of government on economic performance, and the global literature pointing towards achieving faster GDP growth by shrinking the state.

Commentary

Why Freedom—Not Foreign Aid—Is the Only Real Route to Development

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Foreign state aid is a band-aid, treating the symptoms, not the disease, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Commentary

Who’s Missing? The G20 and the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

On 5 September the leaders of the G20 countries will meet in St. Petersburg for their 8th summit. The G20 is supposed to represent the world’s ‘major’ economies, a claim supported by the fact that the group make up 90% of global GDP, 80% of international trade, two-thirds of the world’s population and 84% of fossil fuel emissions. 

Commentary

Latin America Needs More Than Just Economic Growth

Friday, 4 April 2014

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America aimed to address more than economic growth by looking at other issues that may be preventing the region’s development, such as education, climate, and demographics. Sustainable economic growth was at the top of the agenda, of course, but it represented the important recognition of other issues that need to be dealt with in the region. What does Latin America need beyond economic growth?

Publications

Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

Friday, 4 April 2014

Produced in collaboration with the Institute for State Effectiveness, Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti reflects on the use—and misuse—of aid in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The paper also offers recommendations for how to transition the country towards a secure and stable future.

Commentary

Why There's Nothing Ethical About Progressive Taxation

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, sides with the views of late economist Friedrich Hayek when taking a stance on the subject of 'progressive taxation' (City A.M.)

Commentary

Why the Real Global Debt Crisis is Bigger Than You Think

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

In his latest column for City A.M., Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, believes the solution to the most important economic issue of our time lies with the courage and character of politicians.

Commentary

Why Osborne Should Now Axe Tax Relief on Pensions

Friday, 21 March 2014

This week Osborne reached first base with his proposal to make Isas more flexible and to give people more control over how they use their pensions. But he didn't complete the home run, explains Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Press Release

Report Calls for Wellbeing to Be At the Heart of Public Policy Design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

An independent commission chaired by Gus O’Donnell proposes a radical reform of public policy-making, targeted at “wellbeing”, or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.


Commentary

Forget Nordic Socialism: Welfare Didn't Make Scandinavia Rich

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

In a column for City A.M., the Legatum Institute's Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies Graeme Leach makes the case for why the Nordic economic model is not a model for the UK.

Events

State of the Economy 2014: The Consequences of Quantitative Easing

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Legatum Institute’s Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, participated in a panel discussion on the future outlook for monetary and fiscal policy, at the Institute for Economic Affairs’ 2014 'State of the Economy' conference.

Commentary

The Real Reason Squeezing the Rich Makes Us All Poorer

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The UK has a top rate of income tax based on politics not economics, and a progressive tax system built on distortion not economic efficiency, writes Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

Events

Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Thursday, 20 February 2014

As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.

Commentary

The Small State Game Changer: We Can Transform Britain Forever in Four Stages

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

How do you fashion a small state when there’s a huge deficit and a majority of the political and media class howl at the mere suggestion of less public spending? Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, outlines four key strategies (City A.M.)

Commentary

The Ultimate Privatisation: It’s Time to Let Parent Power Loose On Our Schools

Friday, 14 February 2014

In this City A.M. column Legatum Institute Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, urges politicians to make schools part of a genuine market, dominated by consumers, and not producers.

Events

The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Burma

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Lecture Series with the National Endowment for Democracy and World Affairs, former FT journalist and Bangkok-based scholar Gwen Robinson discussed the case of Burma, where the political transition and economic reconstruction are closely entwined.

Commentary

Labour’s 50p Tax Populism Ignores the Most Important Debate of the Century

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Raising the top tax rate to 50 per cent will seriously damage the future prosperity of the UK economy, writes LI Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies, Graeme Leach, for City A.M.

Commentary

Will These Countries Become MINTed?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Over the past week BBC Radio 4 has joined forces with economist Jim O’Neill, coiner of the ‘BRICs’ acronym, to examine the MINTs. Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey are the four emerging economies tipped by O’Neill to emulate the success of the BRICs. Visiting these countries O’Neill reflects upon their different successes and failures. Are his findings reflected in the 'Legatum Prosperity Index™'?

Events

What Would Hayek Say Today (Really)?

Friday, 13 December 2013

As part of its 2013 Charles Street Symposium, the Legatum Institute brought together leading young economists to discuss the relevance - or irrelevance - of Austrian economist Friedrich August von Hayek's thought for today.

Publications

What Would Hayek Say Today (Really)? 2013 Charles Street Symposium Essays

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A collection of essays produced as part of the Legatum Institute's 2013 Charles Street Symposium, an annual forum for the world’s leading young economists.

Commentary

Germany’s Progress: Is It Only Due to Economic Factors?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Given the country’s rapid recovery from the financial crisis, Germany has often been portrayed as the economic leader of the Eurozone region. This has, however, not always been interpreted as positive: the European Commission has begun an in-depth inquiry to assess if Germany’s large current account surplus of 8%—above the Commission’s 6% threshold—is harmful for the Eurozone and the world economy as a whole.

Publications

Venezuela: The Curse of Oil-Stoked Populism

Monday, 2 December 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, author of 'The Curse of Oil-Stoked Populism' Albert Fishlow outlines Venezuela's evolution from backwater Spanish colony to military dictatorship to petroleum giant.

Publications

Russia: Caught in the Bear Trap

Friday, 29 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, the authors of 'Caught in the Bear Trap' examine the “curse of oil” theory, and offer an alternative perspective on why Russia’s economic problems are inherently so difficult to solve

Publications

Libya in Transition: Reforming the Financial Sector to Spur Economic Growth

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

In a new 'Transitions Forum' paper for the Legatum Institute, in partnership with Brehon Advisory, author Mark Dempsey outlines the current state of the financial sector in Libya and makes recommendations for how the situation can be improved.

Publications

Learning by Doing: Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Monday, 25 November 2013

In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, author Reuben Abraham offers valuable insight and lessons learned into the current conditions and main barriers to success facing entrepreneurs in the developing world and beyond.

Events

What Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive?

Monday, 25 November 2013

A livestreamed discussion to launch the first of the Legatum Institute’s Global Fellow papers, beginning on the series with a paper on entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Publications

Curing the Mal Zaïrois: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edges Toward Statehood

Monday, 18 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, author James A. Robinson examine's the country's progress (and lack thereof) through the lens of political theory.

Publications

Mexico on the Brink

Monday, 11 November 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, 'Mexico on the Brink' analyses the juxtaposition of grave security threats and economic awakening, which illustrate both the violence and growth changes that Mexico’s economy and society have undergone over the past three decades.

Events

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.

Events

The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Kenya

Thursday, 17 October 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's ongoing series with the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, and 'World Affairs' magazine, Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO, Carole Kariuki, discussed the role the private sector in securing Kenya’s democratic progress.

Commentary

Iran’s Spots Haven’t Changed, Whatever It Tells Negotiators

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

It’s fine to hold nuclear talks with Tehran. But we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that Iran has changed its ways, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post).

Events

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, and Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner, Angus Deaton gave a talk on his new book, 'The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality'.

Commentary

On the Path to Prosperity: Insight On Africa—Special Report

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Today the Legatum Institute launched a special report, 'Insight On Africa' which examines some key themes that affect the state of African prosperity. In recent years, conversations about African development and prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. The world is realising that Africa is a continent on the rise. And this shift from pessimism to optimism has happened quickly. 

Publications

The Future of Iran: Economic Reform - Conference Papers

Monday, 23 September 2013

Papers commissioned for the Legatum Institute's The Future of Iran workshop on economic reform are available below.

Events

The Future of Iran: Economic Reform

Monday, 23 September 2013

Leading Iranian economists discuss the future of economic reform in Iran at the Legatum Institute's latest 'The Future of Iran' workshop.

Commentary

The Prosperity Race: Mexico vs. Brazil

Friday, 13 September 2013

On 16 of September, Mexico will celebrate its Independence Day, one of the most important celebrations in the country, remembering the day in 1810 when the cry for independence (‘Grito Mexicano’) was uttered, resulting in the Mexican War of Independence. However, looming through the festivities will be the image of Mexico as an impoverished country ravaged by drug wars and class division.

Publications

South Korea: Ready for Prime Time

Thursday, 15 August 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Prosperity In Depth' series of country studies, Korea expert and author of Pop Goes Korea, Mark Russell, studies the country's use of culture as a way to facilitate integration with the world economy.

Events

The Future of Conservatism and the Fate of Free Enterprise

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

As part of its continuing program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism, the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion with prominent American and British conservative commentators on the future of free enterprise.

Events

The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Tunisia

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Speaking at a lecture in Washington, DC, former advisor to the Prime Minister of Tunisia Mondher Ben Ayed was optimistic about Tunisia’s development and argues that tackling economic challenges is essential for Tunisia’s future stability and success.

Publications

The Dynamics for Transition in Tunisia

Thursday, 20 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Transitions Lecture Series', organised in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies and World Affairs, business leader and former government advisor Mondher Ben Ayed analyses the economic challenges of Tunisia’s transition.

Events

Is Capitalism Moral?

Thursday, 13 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Morality and Capitalism' series, George Mason University professor, Steven Pearlstein, will explore this question at a lunchtime discussion.

Events

Towards a Reform of Egyptian Subsidies

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

In a discussion at the Legatum Institute, the Cato Institute's Dalibor Rohac will present a new paper arguing for an immediate elimination of subsidies and their replacement with a stream of unconditional cash transfers.

News

Cash Flow Credit Can Help Entrepreneurs In Transitioning Economies

Friday, 19 April 2013

Columbia Professor Jan Švejnar presents new research on loan performance in Eastern Europe and urges policy makers never to underestimate the entrepreneurial potential in developing countries.

News

Global Power Shifts: A Status Report

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted Michael Moran, Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Insights, for a wide-ranging conversation on the changing realities of shifts in global power.

News

The End of Ethics and the Way Back: Markets Degenerate Without Honesty and Trust

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted Ted Roosevelt Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, for a luncheon discussion on his new book, 'The End of Ethics and the Way Back'.

Events

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.

News

The Ingredients of Prosperity: Sweden and Its Neighbours

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Legatum Institute, in partnership with the Swedish Embassy, hosted a panel discussion which looked at the Swedish and Nordic region's economic, political, and social success.

Events

The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions

Friday, 18 January 2013

A conversation with the former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, on why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He will share experiences from the past, and reflect on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.

News

"Conflict and transition are both manifestations of failed politics"

Friday, 18 January 2013

At an event in Washington, D.C, former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, discussed why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He shared his experiences from the past and reflected on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.

Publications

2020 Vision—An Agenda for Transformation (Report)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

In January 2013, the Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision—An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.

News

2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of '2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation', a compendium of long-term policy ideas by members of the 2020 group of Conservative MPs.

Commentary

Dancing Around the Fiscal Cliff

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

The Legatum Institute's Dalibor Rohac says US budget talks and piecemeal efforts to address the EU crisis all ignore the key issue: What goods and services can government effectively provide (International Herald Tribune).

Commentary

The 20th-Century Idea Warriors

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Free-marketeers weren't always a unified bloc. Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley were ski buddies, but Friedrich Hayek refused to blurb Buckley's first book. Dalibor Rohac reviews Angus Burgin's The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression (Wall Street Journal)

News

“South Africa needs to get its act together”

Friday, 7 December 2012

South Africa today is a country beset with challenges – a ruling party in disarray, sluggish economic growth, growing corruption. Is the ANC in terminal decline? Why is South Africa struggling to manage its global brand? Ann Bernstein, executive director at the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, gave a talk at the Legatum Institute to answer some of these questions.

News

G-20 Needs to Review Admission Standards

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Legatum Institute was pleased to host Jim Glassman, Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and former US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for a roundtable discussion on G-20 admission standards.

News

Economic crisis and recovery are both networked phenomena

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod argues that politicians and businesses need to understand the power of networks to anticipate and solve problems.

Events

Positive Linking: How Networks and Incentives Can Revolutionise the World

Monday, 15 October 2012

Economist Paul Ormerod discusses his book which explores the limits of conventional economics and why it needs to embrace the power of the networks—through ‘positive linking’.

Commentary

Labour's Policies Would Help Create the Next Housing Bubble

Friday, 5 October 2012

Writing for ConservativeHome, Dalibor Rohac raises concerns over Labour's plan to boost affordable housing in the UK, fearing it would lead to repetition of previous, costly mistakes.

Commentary

Economic Transitions: Learning from Central Europe

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Many of the challenges facing the Arab world today are not that different from those facing Eastern Europe twenty years ago, writes Dalibor Rohac for Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

News

Prosperity and Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Monday, 10 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker argues that we can marry concerns about growth with the need to transition to a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.

News

Preventing the Next Great Recession

Friday, 7 September 2012

Steven Horwitz, chair of economics at St. Lawrence University, urges policy makers to explore market alternatives to central banking and structural reforms of regulatory and fiscal policy processes.

Events

Institutional Reforms to Prevent the Next Recession

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

What lessons can we learn from the causes of the Great Recession and the ensuing slow recovery?

News

A Renaissance for the Islamic World?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Vali Nasr looks at the potential rejuvenation for the Islamic civilization and suggests the key to success could be through creating economic relationships on a global scale.

Press Release

Gus O'Donnell to Chair Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy

Monday, 23 July 2012

LONDON—The Legatum Institute is establishing a high-level Commission to examine the policy implications of wellbeing research. The Commission on Wellbeing Policy will be chaired by Gus O'Donnell who, until late 2011, was the UK Cabinet Secretary, the highest-ranking official in the Civil Service.


News

2012 Charles Street Symposium

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The inaugural Charles Street Symposium focussed on issues of economic risk and uncertainty and brought together an outstanding group of young scholars with leading senior economists as keynote speakers and mentors.

News

“It certainly was the eye of the storm”

Thursday, 14 June 2012

In a conversation with Brian Carney of the Wall Street Journal, economist Randall Kroszner describes how he experienced the financial crisis during his time at the Federal Reserve.

News

What Do We Know For Certain About Uncertainty?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Economist Peter Lewin argues that we generate more uncertainty because we can handle it.

Commentary

Bad Sports

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

In City Journal, Dalibor Rohac and Hemal Shah, researchers at the Legatum Institute in London, investigate the unreasonable economics of the London Olympics.

News

The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part II

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tim Leunig argues that a democracy that works well will deliver sensible debt limits by consent, just as it will deliver sensible policies in a range of other policy areas.

Publications

The Debt Threat to Democracy

Thursday, 24 May 2012

In a working paper, Hudson Institute Scholar and former AEI President Christopher DeMuth argues that debt has become a means of pleasing and placating voters while avoiding democratic accountability.

News

The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part I

Monday, 21 May 2012

Christopher DeMuth argues that debt has become a means of pleasing and placating voters while avoiding democratic accountability.

Events

John Tomasi launches Free Market Fairness book

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

In his new book, Tomasi explains why libertarians should care about social justice.

Events

Philip E. Auerswald and The Coming Prosperity

Friday, 9 March 2012

How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy

Commentary

The Greek Tragedy Continues

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

In the National Review Online, Dalibor Rohac notes that as Greece stands on the brink of a sovereign default, European politicians refuse to admit defeat over the euro.

News

Call For Applications: 2012 Charles Street Symposium

Monday, 6 February 2012

New annual forum for the world’s leading young economists will address issues of economic risk and uncertainty

Commentary

Transparency Only the First Step to Fixing Finance

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

In US News & World Report, Robert Hahn and Peter Passell believe transparency in the financial sector could certainly help the world economy prosper—but is it enough?

Publications

Six Questions You Always Wanted to Ask About Africa… and Answers from Rwanda

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Rwanda has distinguished itself by its economic reforms and institutional foundations for economic growth. But can Rwanda’s institutions survive a change in political leadership? Are there lessons for other African countries?

Events

Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World

Friday, 13 January 2012

Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English and Communication at the University of Illinois, visited the Legatum Institute for a discussion of her book 'Bourgeois Dignity—Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World'.

Events

Patrick French on India: A Portrait

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted author Patrick French for a discussion on his book, 'India: A Portrait'; an intimate biography of 1.2 billion people.

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: Nigeria 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

This is the first edition of the Legatum Institute Survey of Entrepreneurs: Nigeria. It aims to get "inside the minds" of Nigeria’s enterprising class to better understand entrepreneurship in Africa's most populous country.

Publications

The New World Order

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The New World Order is an attempt to look at the emerging world, through the lens of ethnic and cultural ties as opposed to geographic patterns or levels of economic development.

Events

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.

Events

Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson on Pillars of Prosperity

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Legatum Institute hosted Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson for a discussion of their new book, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters.

Publications

Economic Lessons from Scandinavia

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Scandinavian economies have performed strongly over the past 15 years, leading many to believe that the Nordic Model defies economic theory. How have these economies have avoided crises?

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: India 2011

Saturday, 1 October 2011

This survey aims to get inside the minds of entrepreneurs in India to try and understand how and why they make the decisions they do. What motivates them? Who do they turn to for advice? How do they handle corruption? This report provides the answers.

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: China 2011

Saturday, 1 October 2011

This survey aims to "get inside the minds" of entrepreneurs in China, to understand how and why entrepreneurs make the decisions they do. What motivates them? Who do they turn to for advice? How do they handle corruption? What is it really like ‘on the ground’ for an entrepreneur?

Publications

Egypt's Democratic Transition: Five Important Myths About the Economy and International Assistance

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Egypt is in the midst of a transition and will face democratic elections in September. But how will Egypt’s economic challenges affect the outcome of the transition, and what is the best way for the international community to act?

Publications

Financial Regulation Goes Global

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New regulations of the financial services industry, implemented in response to the global financial crisis, are disingenuous political posturing with some continuing the existing mistakes partly responsible for the problems we are facing today.

Publications

Can the Euro Survive?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Eurozone’s periphery has a deep solvency problem in the sense that, absent a debt restructuring and an exit from the Euro, the correction of the periphery’s public finances cannot be achieved without provoking the deepest and most prolonged of domestic economic recessions.

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: China 2010

Friday, 1 October 2010

Published alongside the Legatum Institute Survey of Entrepreneurs: India 2010, this survey of entrepreneurs in China reveals valuable insights into the minds and practices of China's enterprising class.

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: China and India 2010

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Legatum Institute Survey of Entrepreneurs: China and India 2010 aims to shed light on how entrepreneurs in these two dynamic economies think, so that policymakers, investors, business owners, and the media can better understand the enterprising class

Publications

The Broken Ladder

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

This is a major international study of how increasing urbanisation in the world is affecting the prospect of upward mobility for ordinary families and individuals. The study focuses on the key social and economic developments in three major global cities: London, Mexico City, and Mumbai.

Publications

Prospects for Pakistan

Friday, 1 January 2010

This report by Jonathan Paris considers the most important issues facing Pakistan of the next one to three years including the economy, civil-military issues, Islamic trends, the future of the Taliban, the India–Pakistan relationship and the US–Pakistan relationship.

Publications

Survey of Entrepreneurs: India 2009

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

This report is the inaugural edition of the Legatum Institute Survey of Entrepreneurs: India. It is one of the largest surveys of entrepreneurs in the world and allows us to “get inside the mind” of India’s enterprising class.