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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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Contents

Contents

Extract

List of Tables

List of Figures

Preface

Introduction

chapter 1Which Countries Are Successful?

chapter 2The Economics of a Better Place

chapter 3The Sociology of a Better Place

chapter 4The Politics and a Better Place

Famous Last Words

appendix AThe Better Place Index 2018

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