The Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report: Smart strategies to further improve economic and social wellbeing
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Central and Eastern Europe is at a cross roads; the choices made over the next few years are going to determine the sustainability of future prosperity.
Over the last thirty years the rise in prosperity across Central and Eastern Europe has been truly remarkable. But as convergence with Western Europe has slowed over the last decade, less than 20% of the gap in prosperity has been closed, and serious questions now loom. Even so, the Legatum Institute believes that whatever path is followed the common foundations of prosperity, including: rule of law; government integrity and performance and an engaged citizenry are going to be critical to success. If the region were a single country, the average score in the Legatum Prosperity Index would now rank it at 38th in the world. Long-term prosperity is ever more dependent on creating the conditions that develop, attract, retain, and welcome home, highly skilled citizens.
Read the full report here.
Legatum Institute receives prestigious award recognising our global Prosperity Index
Friday, 22 June 2018
We are honoured to accept the 2018 Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. This award has been given to recognise our work on the Prosperity Index, which has been an important tool for measuring prosperity across the globe for over a decade.
To be considered for this prestigious award, an organisation must have made a significant contribution to the development and use of Quality of Life measures. Past recipients include the United Nations Development Programme, the Gallup Organisation, and the OECD Better Life Index. We are honoured to be named among such a distinguished group.
The 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index™
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Norway comes first in the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index™ beating New Zealand into second place. This year's Index shows that global prosperity now sits at its highest level since 2007, in spite of significant international turbulence.
The 11th edition of the Prosperity Index reveals a number of surprising global, regional and national trends in economic and social wellbeing, including an alarming deterioration in global security and a widening gap between the most and least prosperous nations.
Read the full report here.
Go to the Prosperity Index website.
The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia's future
Friday, 27 October 2017
The political landscape in Australia currently faces a number of issues that threaten the future prosperity of the nation – issues related to economic and social wellbeing. From housing affordability, environmental issues, economic growth to funding issues for critical infrastructure. These issues manage to divide the nation between elections and these are the issues that all sectors of society are trying to address.
The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia's future, has been prepared by the Legatum Institute in consultation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. It examines Australia’s prosperity over the last decade – their current strengths and weaknesses and what this means to keep Australia’s living standards rising into the next decade.
Read the paper here.
The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping the future of our regions
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Prosperity was once considered purely a measurement of financial success. Today though, it’s a vital indicator of a nation’s health across the economy, society and the natural environment.
The quest for prosperity unites all countries — as they strive to improve communities, industries, health outcomes and preserve vital tourism and agricultural assets.
This paper has been prepared by the Legatum Institute in consultation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. It is a data-driven analysis of prosperity across Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK — key markets for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and its members.
Read the paper here.
The Quest for Prosperity: How can New Zealand keep living standards rising for all?
Monday, 21 August 2017
For a number of years, New Zealand has topped the Legatum Prosperity Index™ largely in part due to its high scores for its open economy and strong social capital. Our latest paper written by the Prosperity Index team and commissioned by the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, looks at what New Zealand needs to do in order to ensure it continues delivering high living standards for all New Zealanders.
“New Zealand should be proud of the way it currently delivers and secures prosperity for Kiwis,” says Stephen Brien Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute. “However, maintaining and furthering that prosperity in the future will depend on the depth and breadth of the nation’s human capital.
“To achieve ongoing prosperity, New Zealand must ensure as many people as possible are equipped with the required skills, and have the opportunity, to contribute to society. This will benefit not only the economy, but also the wellbeing of individuals and the communities they live in.”
Read the report here.
Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report
Thursday, 15 June 2017
This inaugural 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report underscores the importance of looking beyond wealth. It shows that while Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) average income remains far behind that of Western Europe, its prosperity has converged at a much faster rate.
Improving Austria's Prosperity
Friday, 28 April 2017
Launch in Vienna for the Legatum Institute's inaugural Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report.
Austria’s challenge and opportunity to increase its prosperity is closely connected to Social Capital
Friday, 28 April 2017
Austria’s Prosperity ranking in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide paints a mixed picture of broad-based but stagnant prosperity
The Legatum Institute, the international think tank and educational charity, is launching its inaugural “Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report” on 28th April 2017 at Erste Group Bank in Vienna with a roundtable focused on Austria.
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.