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2009 Index

104 countries are rated for:

  • Economic fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Democratic institutions
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety and security
  • Governance
  • Personal freedom
  • Social capital

In the 2009 Index, Finland comes first, followed by Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.

The USA is 8th, the UK 12th, France 17th, Italy 21st.

The Index is funded by Legatum Capital.

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The Legatum Institute, the publisher of the index, is a privately-funded think-tank founded in 2007 and located in Mayfair, London. It is funded by Legatum Capital, a portfolio investment fund manager.

The Prosperity Index is reviewed and critiqued (although not necessarily endorsed in toto) by an advisory panel of academics and scholars representing a range of disciplines and includes: Dr. Daniel Drezner (Tufts University); Dr. Peter Feaver (Duke University); Dr. Robert Jensen (University of California, Los Angeles); Dr. Stephen Krasner (Stanford University); Dr. Michael Kremer (Harvard University); Dr. Philip Levy (American Enterprise Institute); Dr. Edmund Malesky (University of California, San Diego); Dr. Ann Owen (Hamilton College); Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard University).

One of the main authors of the 2007 report, Will Inboden, was a senior white-house official in the administration of George W. Bush.[3] Ryan Streeter, a senior fellow at the instute,[4], was the director of HUD's Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives in the same administration.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Oct 26th, 2009 at 05:54:36 AM EST
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