Good Society Index by Country

Good Society Index (GSI) is operationally constructed using WHO data on infant mortality and life expectancy and World Value Survey data on life satisfaction. In the good society newborn infants should survive, people should grow old before they die and in between people should be satisfied with their lives.

One consequence of this way of defining the Good Society Index is that very many other desirable values are kept out of the delineation of the good society. Think, for example, of values like democracy, market economy, gender equality, ecological sustainability and economic growth. All of them, it could be argued, or at least some of them, ought to be included as indicators in a good society index.

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