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About the Center
The Freedom and Prosperity Center aims to increase the well-being of people everywhere and especially that of the poor and marginalized in developing countries through unbiased, data-based research on the relationship between prosperity and economic, political, and legal freedoms, in support of sound policy choices.
The Center analyzes some of the defining questions of our time and of all time. Do countries need freedom to achieve prosperity? Do democracies or autocracies have the better answers to the aspirations of the peoples of the world? What about countries that are not electoral democracies in the Western sense, but have high levels of economic and legal freedoms and leaders who appear to enjoy a high level of legitimacy among their citizens?
Central to answering these questions are the Freedom and Prosperity Indexes. The indexes measure the freedom and prosperity, respectively, of nearly every country in the world.
Interactive Indexes Website
The indexes rank 164 countries around the world according to their levels of freedom and prosperity. Use our award-winning site to explore 28 years of data, compare countries and regions, and examine the sub-indexes and indicators that comprise our indexes.
Collection of Essays
Thirty scholars and political leaders from twelve countries have contributed seventeen essays to this volume. They make the case that durable prosperity is achieved in countries with economic, political, and legal freedom.
The 2023 Freedom and Prosperity Indexes measure the distribution of freedom and prosperity in 164 countries. The report explores the relationship between the two and identifies global and regional trends over the last twenty-eight years.
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Annual Research Conference
First annual Freedom and Prosperity Research Conference
The Freedom and Prosperity Center held the first annual Freedom and Prosperity Research Conference at the Atlantic Council Headquarters in Washington, DC. Scholars and policymakers from around the world presented their research and analysis on the relationship between freedom and prosperity.Learn more
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Center hosts NATO’s Mircea Geoană for discussion on security, freedom, and prosperity in Eastern Europe
Deputy Secretary General of NATO Mircea Geoană offered his analysis on the most successful policies implemented on the path to freedom and explored the future of Eastern Europe.Learn More
In the News
In the NewsNov 28, 2023
Hunor Kelemen and Loránt Vincze present at roundtable
On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, the Freedom and Prosperity Center hosted Hunor Kelemen, President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania and former Deputy Prime Minister of Romania, and Loránt Vincze, Co-Chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, for a roundtable discussion on minority rights and the future of Romania. Dan Negrea, Senior […]
In the NewsNov 16, 2023
Joseph Nguramo testifies before Congress on child labor in Congo
Joseph Mulala Nguramo, nonresident fellow with the Freedom and Prosperity Center, testified to the Congressional Executive Commission on China on November 14, 2023. He discussed China’s mining practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, drawing attention to how China’s mining industry is rampant with corruption and forced child labor of Congolese citizens.
Reform Grants in Partnership with Atlas Network
With a strategic partnership with Atlas Network, an organization with over 500 think tank affiliates in over 100 countries, the Atlantic Council’s Center for Freedom and Prosperity fosters greater economic, political, and legal freedoms. Through our partnership, we are glad to launch the Freedom & Prosperity Reform Grants funding for strong candidates that present an achievable strategy for increasing economic, political, and legal freedoms in their country or community.