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Route to Prosperity

Countries with lower GDP complained that wealth alone did not adequately measure a society’s relative success. Thus, was born the OECD’s Better Life Index, the World Happiness Report and many other indices. Other indices measure the societal components that lead to relative success, such as the Economic Freedom Index, the World Bank’s Doing Business report, and in today’s example, the Legatum Prosperity Index. The Doing Business report enables governments to focus on components in which they score low. In some respects, the Legatum index is similar but less specific.  Looking at the 47 countries that scored highest in Legatum’s 2020 assessment, the number one determinant of scoring higher, as usual, is th...

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