Social Progress Index 2014

Social Progress Index 2014

Social progress — as measured in terms of basic human needs, well-being, and opportunity — is correlated with but distinct from economic development, an annual study by the finds. Based on an analysis of non-economic outcome-based indicators of social progress in a hundred and thirty-two countries, the report, (116 pages, PDF), found that some countries with low per-capita GDP have achieved higher levels of social progress than many countries with higher GDP, while many relatively prosperous nations have lower levels of social progress than less wealthy countries. For example, New Zealand is twenty-fifth in terms of per-capita GDP but number one in terms of overall social progress, in part due to its relative strengths in access to information and communications technologies, higher education, and opportunity across population groups. Funded by the , , and foundations and , , and , the report ranked the United States second in terms of per-capita GDP but sixteenth on social progress, in part due to weaknesses in the areas of health, access to basic knowledge, and certain personal rights.

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