THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2017

Creating the Pathways from Poverty to Prosperity

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

2017 Key Findings: Prosperity is growing, but not everywhere

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What true prosperity is, and how it can be realised, are fundamental questions that must be answered by every country. This year the global findings reveal good news – prosp...

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The world’s Economic Quality has improved only fractionally on 2007 levels, although in the last five years the score has recovered from a low in 2012. Latin America and the Caribbean rose fastest in 2017 and only Sub-Sahar...

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A high-quality natural environment conveys a sense of wellbeing and satisfaction to a country’s population through characteristics that may be physical (such as air quality), social (such as green areas in which to meet) or...

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The strength of a nation’s Business Environment is a critical factor in determining its prosperity. A strong business environment provides...

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Societies that foster strong civil rights and freedoms have been shown to enjoy increased levels of satisfaction among their citizens. Furth...

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Education and Human Capital are building blocks for prosperous societies. The accumulation of human capital contributes to economic growth, ...

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Safety and security are integral to securing prosperity. A secure and stable environment is necessary for...

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For a nation to truly prosper, its citizens must have good Health. Those who enjoy good physical and ment...

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Social networks, and the cohesion a society experiences when people trust and respect one another, have a...

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The nature of a country’s governance has a material impact on its prosperity. The rule of law, strong i...

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