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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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List of Figures


Figure 1.1BPI Change in Turkey 2010–2018

Figure 1.2BPI Change in BRIC Countries 2011–2018

Figure 1.3BPI Change China 2010–2018

Figure 1.4BPI Change in G7 Countries 2011–2018

Figure 1.5BPI Change: United Kingdom and Japan 2010–2018

Figure 2.1Tax Rate and GDP per Capita

Figure 2.2Tax and BPI

Figure 2.3GDP per Capita and the Size of the Public Sector

Figure 2.4Years of Schooling and the Size of the Public Sector

Figure 2.5Number of Doctors and the Size of the Public Sector

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