October 25, 2013

Launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index

- New global prosperity rankings, country profiles, and 5-year trends -

On 29 October, we will be hosting a series of presentations and panel discussions marking the launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index, a unique annual assessment of global wealth and wellbeing covering 142 countries. The launch events include a presentation of this year’s key findings and three expert panel discussions exploring some of the key issues in more depth.

Our global audience is cordially invited to join the launch events via our online livestream.

Please visit our website on Tuesday 29 October 2013 from 1:30pm GMT (see programme overview below).

You will also be able to join the conversation on Twitter at #prosperity.

 

ABOUT THE LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEX

The Legatum Prosperity IndexTM is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital. The Index defines prosperity as both wealth and wellbeing, and finds that the most prosperous nations in the world are not necessarily those that have only a high GDP, but are those that also have happy, healthy, and free citizens.

 

ABOUT THE LEGATUM INSTITUTE

Based in London, the Legatum Institute (LI) is an independent non-partisan public policy organisation whose research, publications, and programmes advance ideas and policies in support of free and prosperous societies around the world.

For further information about the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index please visit the prosperity website.

 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

You can join in at any stage during our livestream

1:30pm-3:30pm – Opening remarks and 1st panel discussion

THE 2013 LEGATUM PROSPERITY INDEXTM: PRESENTATION OF KEY FINDINGS

  • Jeffrey Gedmin (President and CEO, Legatum Institute)
  • Nathan Gamester (Programme Director of the Legatum Prosperity Index, Legatum Institute)

 

DOES ECONOMIC GROWTH IMPROVE PEOPLE’S WELLBEING?

Confirmed panellists:

  • Brendan Burchell (Head of Sociology, University of Cambridge)
  • Jules Evans (Policy Director for the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Gus O’Donnell (Economist / former Cabinet Secretary / Chair, Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy)
  • Len Shackleton (Professor of Economics, University of Buckingham / previously Dean, Westminster Business School)

The link between growth and wellbeing is increasingly discussed in both developed and developing economies. Does economic growth translate into wellbeing and improvements in living standards? What kind of policies could lead to measurable increases in wellbeing, and how would they differ from policies that encourage economic growth?

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3:45pm-5:15pm – 2nd panel discussion

DOES TECHNOLOGY STIMULATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PROSPERITY?

Confirmed panellists:

  • Erkko Autio (Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Doctoral Programme, Imperial College London)
  • Christian Bush (Co-Founder, Sandbox / Associate Director, LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab (ICCL))
  • Luke Johnson (Chairman, Risk Capital Partners / Chairman, Centre for Entrepreneurs)
  • Iqbal Quadir (Founder, Grameenphone / Founder and Director, Legatum Center at MIT)

Technology has played an important part in stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation. Looking forward, what technologies are likely to be most important for development, and what countries are best positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that new technology and entrepreneurship provide?

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5:30pm-7:00pm – 3rd panel discussion

YOUTH BULGE IN AFRICA: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY?

Confirmed panellists:

  • Elliott Green (Lecturer in Development Studies, London School of Economics)
  • Anke Hoeffler (Research Officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford)
  • James Schneider (Editor-in-Chief, Think Africa Press)
  • Deborah Sporton (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sheffield)

The growing number of young people in Africa represents both an opportunity and possible threat to the continent. Demographic pressures will be felt in many areas with the ‘youth bulge’ having an important effect on employment, education and security. How can governments in the region best navigate this issue?

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