After 12 years of measuring global prosperity, we are seeing an emerging set of trends, patterns and fresh insights. For this year’s report, we took the 20 countries whose prosperity scores had risen the most over the last 10 years (the “risers”), and the 20 countries that had fallen the most in prosperity terms (the “fallers”). These countries come from all over the world, and every region, except North America, is represented. We analysed these groups to understand the commonalities for countries that are moving towards, and away from, prosperity.
Based on their average ranking, the 2018 risers and fallers each started in the same place in 2008. We grouped the 20 risers as a single country, and the 20 fallers too. Coincidentally, both would have ranked 97th for overall prosperity 10 years ago (as figure 1 demonstrates). Yet 10 years on, the 20 risers are well on the way to catching up with the prosperity levels enjoyed by the rest of the world. As a single country they would rank 81st in the world, up 16 places, having seen an improvement across all conditions needed for a prosperous society, with every pillar score improving. While the fallers’ score fell by less than the risers’ score increased, the fallers risk being left behind by both the risers and the rest of the world, having fallen 22 places to a ranking of 119th in 2018, with every pillar score declining in that time.