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Winners and Losers

Which Countries are Successful and Why?

Matt Qvortrup

The aim of this short book is to understand which countries do well on key indicators and why. After a short philosophical and historical survey of the literature to put the book into context, the Better-Place Index is developed. This is subsequently tested against a number of policy variables, such as levels of taxation, immigration, and democratic institutions, and other measures. The book provides statistical evidence that these factors are correlated with higher scores on the Better Place Index.

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2021018619

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ISBN 978-1-80079-405-4 (print) • ISBN 978-1-80079-406-1 (ePDF)

ISBN 978-1-80079-407-8 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-80079-408-5 (mobi)

© Peter Lang Group AG 2021

Published by Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers, 52 St Giles,

Oxford, OX1 3LU, United Kingdom,

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