Prosperity in an independent Scotland: Analysis from the Legatum Prosperity Index™
Friday, 17 March 2017
If Scotland were to become independent how will it impact the prosperity of future generations? The Legatum Prosperity Index™ team analyses the issue using data from the global Legatum Prosperity Index™ and data from the first ever UK Prosperity Index, mapping prosperity across 389 local authority areas.
Forbes Afrique features the Legatum Prosperity Index™
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
In this month's edition, Forbes Afrique look at what it means to be prosperous, citing the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index which analyses the prosperity of 149 countries and offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.
Find out more about the The Legatum Prosperity Index™ here.
Free Trade's Critics Were Once Its Champions
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Globalisation is clearly under attack, whether we look at trade flows or foreign direct investment, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (Bloomberg)
Patriotism Needn’t Be a Dirty Word
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
The most successful patriots combine their ideals with a global outlook, writes Victoria Bateman
, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX
Theresa May Must Get Tough On the Causes of Brexit
Friday, 30 September 2016
The tendency of commentators from all sides of the debate has been to seek information that confirms their prejudices. Our two think tanks have tried to take a different approach, writes Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)
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.
May’s 48/52 Challenge
Friday, 15 July 2016
The newly announced “48:52” project from the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice will seek to analyse why people made the choice they did in the EU Referendum and heal the divisions caused by it, as laid out by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)
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.
Winner of AIG Legatum Prize 2016 Unveiled
Monday, 21 March 2016
—The AIG Legatum Prize, which challenges the world’s brightest young minds to generate new ideas to some of the toughest policy questions, was presented
last Thursday night to Irish student Kyle Moore for his proposal of a pan-EU ‘caring credits’ system.
AIG Legatum Prize Reveals Five Shortlisted Entrants
Monday, 22 February 2016
LONDON—The AIG Legatum Prize, which challenges the world’s brightest young minds to generate new ideas to some of the toughest policy questions, has unveiled a shortlist of five finalists.
Can the Right Save Argentina?
Friday, 11 December 2015
The heavy dose of economic liberalism needed to secure Argentinian prosperity is the natural territory for the party of newly appointed president, Mauricio Macri. The question is, can he do enough? By Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute (CapX)
Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)
Prosperity for All: Restoring Faith in Capitalism
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
A ten-part manifesto, authored by Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Tim Montgomerie, that seeks to understand how capitalism has come to attract such negative public reaction, and what governments must do to prove to citizens that capitalism really can bring prosperity to everyone.
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)
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)
What's the Secret of Career Happiness?
Monday, 19 January 2015
Can money buy happiness? Our 2014 Wellbeing and Policy report found four key factors that affect people's happiness at work (Guardian Careers blog)
Prosperity Can Save the World
Friday, 16 January 2015
Security and freedom is under threat; prosperity stands between these values and violence, repression, and impunity, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute.
Prosperity Delivers Them All
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute reacts to the launch of a new report, launched by Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, on engineering greater, and 'inclusive', prosperity around the world (e-Politix)
Here’s How New Zealand Can Help to Save the NHS
Monday, 29 December 2014
Where we have talked but not yet dared to tread, New Zealand has already implemented, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute.
Unlocking the Potential of African Prosperity
Thursday, 11 December 2014
The Legatum Institute's Novella Bottini and Solène Dengler look at the key findings from the 2014 'Africa Prosperity Report', assessing the reality of the 'Africa rising' narrative (Overseas Development Institute)
Why Do Societies Prosper? 2014 Charles Street Symposium
Friday, 5 December 2014
This year, the annual Charles Street Symposium, an essay competition and forum for young researchers, addressed the question ‘Why do societies prosper?’ The aim of the competition is to bring together bright thinkers to address issues of relevance to public policy that are inadequately discussed and understood in existing research.
Three Myth Busters About the Land of the Free
Friday, 5 December 2014
There is a clear picture forming of an US that needs to re-evaluate the way its citizens are being treated and the freedoms that are available to them, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)
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)
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.
What Drives Prosperity in Africa?
Friday, 7 November 2014
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a vibrant panel discussion on the theme of female entrepreneurship and African prosperity, at the 2014 African Leadership Network conference in Kigali.
2014 Africa Prosperity Report
Friday, 7 November 2014
The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report ranks 38 countries in terms of prosperity—defined as wealth and wellbeing. The report measures GDP and eight sub-indices such as education, health, and personal freedom.
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.
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.
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)
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.
The Conservative Agenda for Business
Thursday, 19 June 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP, for a small gathering of business leaders on the Conservative agenda for business.
What if National Prosperity Decided the World Cup?
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
There are a variety of indicators that can be used to measure the success of nations. Wealth is most commonly used but other measures such as happiness and quality of life have been suggested. In fact, global rankings tables exist for a multitude of weird and wonderful metrics from alcohol consumption to homicide rates. But what if we used football as a measure of national prosperity?
Monday, 16 June 2014
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index finds that, at least in some European countries, entrepreneurship is flourishing. Nine of the top ten countries on the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity sub-index are European, with the continent holding the first nine slots on the sub-index (Hong Kong takes the 10th).
Human Flourishing: Expanding Opportunity for All by Strengthening Free Enterprise
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
The Legatum Institute was delighted to host a breakfast conversation with Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He discussed AEI's upcoming programme on 'Human Flourishing: Expanding Opportunity for All by Strengthening Free Enterprise', which explores the question of what do we know about the true sources of happiness?
What’s Happening in Wellbeing?
Friday, 2 May 2014
Right now wellbeing is very topical. Around the world governments are beginning to warm up to the idea of measuring something more than just economic progress. Countries currently engaged in measuring wellbeing in some form include Germany, Australia, Bhutan, Ireland, France, Japan, Korea, China, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and, of course, the UK.
Wellbeing and Policy: How Important is Measuring Wellbeing for Our Wellbeing?
Friday, 21 March 2014
After a year of intensive research, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report has been published. The report was launched in Berlin on 20 March 2014, at a joint event between the Legatum Institute and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Today (21 March 2014), the report was launched at the Legatum Institute in London, with a presentation of key findings by the report's authors.
Wellbeing and Policy
Thursday, 20 March 2014
As part of a year-long commission, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report seeks to illustrate the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.
Insights on Africa
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to have spoken at two conferences in Africa: the first was the Sankalp Africa Summit in Kenya; the second was the 7th AfrEA Conference in Cameroon. I thank the organisers of both conferences for extending me an invitation to speak, and engage in very stimulating conversations about the future of the continent.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Is Africa rising or falling? Over the last 50 years, the answer to this question has been debated, discussed and examined. Even today there exist vastly different views on what Africa’s future holds. At the heart of this discussion are more than 1 billion men, women, and children living within 54 nations that form the world’s most vibrant continent. In recent years, conversations about African prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. And this optimism is supported by evidence.
The Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society
Monday, 27 January 2014
The Legatum Institute hosted a panel on the cultural aspects of prosperity at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The discussion was based on Dorothy Kosinski's global fellowship paper, 'A Case for the Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society'.
A Case for the Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society
Monday, 27 January 2014
In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and Legatum Institute Global Fellow, explores why the humanities are an important contributor to prosperous societies.
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™'?
Is Scrooge Happy?—Reflections on Subjective Wellbeing in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Friday, 20 December 2013
“He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness.” So wrote Dickens about Scrooge’s stroll on Christmas morning. He invites us to appreciate his rejuvenated state of mind, but can we really understand what makes people happy? Since Easterlin described his eponymous paradox in 1974 economists have tried to. So what can ' Christmas Carol' teach us about the science of happiness?
Four Keys to Thinking About the Future
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
In an article for the Harvard Business Review, former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, shares his ideas on strategies for forecasting.
Parliamentary Elections in Mali—Is There a Link Between Low Turnout and Lack of Democratic Accountability?
Friday, 13 December 2013
Mali is only slowly emerging from a conflict triggered in May 2012 when former president Amadou Toumani Touré was overthrown by a military coup. Since then and after more than one year of fighting, the government and the Tuareg rebels signed a peace agreement in June 2013. However, in September the rebels suspended their participation in the agreement after accusing the government of not respecting its commitments.
The Security and Peace Summit and Why the Outcomes Are Crucial
Friday, 6 December 2013
The Summit on Security and Peace organised by President Hollande on 6 December in Paris will feature around forty African heads of state as well as international organisations such as the UN and the World Bank. Discussion about who will be attending and who will be absent from the Summit has been prevalent in particular in the French media.
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.
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
The Legatum Prosperity Index and the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index: What Can We Learn From Them?
Friday, 29 November 2013
Late last month saw the launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™. As part of the launch, the Legatum Institute was fortunate to host a raft of interesting speakers, including Professor Erkko Autio of Imperial College London Business School, who participated in a debate on technology and entrepreneurship. Professor Autio, along with Zoltán J. Ács of George Mason University and László Szerb of the University of Pécs produce the annual Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).
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.
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.
Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The sands are shifting when it comes to countries’ success beyond GDP, writes Legatum Prosperity Index Programme Director, Nathan Gamester (Harvard Business Review).
2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
The latest Legatum Prosperity Index™, which ranks nations according to extensive wealth and wellbeing factors, reveals that global prosperity has risen over the past five years, largely due to improvements in entrepreneurship, health and education.
Development’s Democratic Drivers
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
While there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for prosperity, it is apparent that establishing well-managed systems guided by democratic principles is a particularly effective route to progress, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Project Syndicate)
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.
Norwegian Elections: The Lowdown
Friday, 6 September 2013
Norway’s incumbent Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, must be wondering what has hit him. Having been probably one of the only public figures ever to experience an approval rating of 94% back in 2011, he now finds himself facing a likely defeat in the upcoming election on 9 September 2013. Indeed, it looks like it might even be the first time his centre-left Labour Party has not come in first place since 1924.
Parallel Protests: The Surprising Similarities Between Turkish and Brazilian Protests
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
At first glance, the recent Turkish and Brazilian protests seem to have little in common. In spite of happening almost at the same time, Turkish protests seemed to end with repression, while Brazilians are still waiting for the political concessions promised by their government. However, a comparison between Turkey and Brazil reveals striking similarities between these two apparently very different countries.
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.
The Pursuit of Happiness
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Putting emotion above GDP in the measure of a society’s prosperity could improve policy-making (Total Politics)
Women On Stage: Theatre, Liberty, and Prosperity
Thursday, 23 May 2013
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Dame Harriet Walter, one of Britain's leading actors, discussed the interpretation of female roles and what it tells us about social progress and prosperity.
Portugal: "We're Not Greece Yet"
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Sipping coffee outside a small café on Lisbon’s Freedom Avenue, it’s easy to forget that Portugal is a country in serious trouble. It is, after all, a country of great history and architecture, incredible weather, and beautiful beaches. It is no wonder that an increasing number of Britons are opting to escape from the cold of the British Isles to visit the sunny Algarve. And yet, even brief conversations with the Lisbon locals reveals that Portugal is a bruised and brittle country. There is hope for the future but this is rarely matched with any real sense of optimism.
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.
Prosperity In Depth: Twelve Country Studies
Friday, 26 October 2012
Complementing the 2012 'Legatum Prosperity Index', these twelve in depth studies provide additional analysis and insight into the political and economic paths of selected countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iceland, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Turkey, and Vietnam.
Ethics for a More Prosperous World
Thursday, 25 October 2012
His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined a Legatum Institute symposium and a live global webcast exploring the role of values and ethics as foundations of human prosperity.
Live Stream and Q&A with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a livestreamed discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for an interactive global conversation on 'Ethics for a More Prosperous World.'
"If you treasure something, you should measure it"
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Gus O'Donnell, former UK Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the Legatum Institute's 'Commission on Wellbeing Policy', appeared on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme to discuss the value of happiness as a measure of our quality of life and overall prosperity.
Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa
Thursday, 1 December 2011
A regional look at the state of entrepreneurship as well as the opportunities and challenges that face entrepreneurs in improving prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
What Allows Civilisations To Prosper?
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
As part of the Legatum Institute Salon Series, this discussion at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. explored the cultural and political life in Vienna a hundred years ago.
Examining the State of Prosperity in Asia
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Asia through the lens of the 'Legatum Prosperity Index', this report offers a number of unique insights as to how prosperity is forming and changing in the region.
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.
Making Sense of Bangalore
Thursday, 1 July 2010
This insightful study about one of India's most distinguished cities considers the historical path that brought Bangalore from a small urban agglomeration during the nineteen hundreds to the bustling centre of industry and commerce that it is today.
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.