THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX™ 2016

Bringing Prosperity to Life

Mauritania

Ranked 142nd of 149

At a glance

Ranks

142 nd on the Legatum
Prosperity Index™

148th
139th
137th
138th
109th
112th
143rd
82nd
146th

SUB-INDEX RANKINGS

In the Prosperity Sub-Index rankings, Mauritania performs best on Social Capital and Health and scores lowest on the Economic Quality sub-index.

Visit our Rankings table to see how Mauritania compares to other countries.

Prosperity Gap

The ‘Prosperity Gap’ takes a country's GDP and uses it as the yardstick to measure a nation's expected Prosperity Index ranking.

Mauritania is a lower-middle income country that is significantly under-delivering prosperity given its wealth. The country has enlarged this negative gap since 2007, with particular poor performance in the Natural Environment, Economic Quality, and Personal Freedom sub-indices, where Mauritania has among the biggest deficits of the Index.

Note:
In the chart above, each dot represents a country. The curve shows the general tendency with which prosperity increases as GDP per capita increases. If a country falls below the curve, then we can say that compared to all other countries, it is under-delivering prosperity for its citizens. Likewise, if a country rises above the curve, then we can say that it is over-delivering prosperity for its citizens. Learn more about the Prosperity Gap here.

Alternatively, have a look at the Prosperity Gap view on our Rankings table for a full list of countries and to see how each of them are performing on the various sub-indices.

Data

How to read this graph:
When comparing multiple countries on a spider chart, data points that appear
further away from the center represent a better performance to the points that are closer to the center.