Legatum Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index is a prominent ranking from the London-based Legatum Institute that analyzes countries’ prosperity levels based on eight “foundations for national development:” economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital.

The Legatum study finds that entrepreneurship and appetite for risk correlate more closely with a nation’s overall prosperity than any other factor.  The social capital sub-index measures performance in two areas: 1) social cohesion and engagement; and 2) community and family networks.  Legatum’s Prosperity Index report points out studies have found a correlation between the level of social capital and a country’s rate of economic growth.

The chart below reproduces the Legatum Prosperity Index scores by foundational category for the top countries.  (Click on the image to view the full-size chart in a separate browser tab or window.)

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