THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2016

Bringing Prosperity to Life

Key Findings

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

Global prosperity is at its highest point in the past decade

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

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

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Britain is flourishing, helped by a world-class performance in transforming wealth into prosperity. However, prosperity created is not prosperity shared. The opportunity for flourishing is not open to all. Despite strong pros...

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Most countries have seen their prosperity rise over the past decade, but their contributions to global prosperity have been very uneven.

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The Prosperity Index is unique in its combination of objective and subjective data. The first is factual, the second based on survey respond...

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While most people now enjoy more Personal Freedom than they did in 2007, the improvement has been regionally uneven.

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Venezuela has seen the biggest decline in prosperity over the past decade, falling in all but two sub-ind...

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The conversation about global inequality is almost always one about the distribution of the world's wealt...

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Countries like Yemen (149th) and Afghanistan (148th) demonstrate that deep internal conflict, often with ...

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Where else outside the developed Commonwealth do we see the emergence of strong society?

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