Which countries are doing well on key indicators of health, the environment, crime prevention, economic prosperity and education. ?

.. and which are the independent variables that are statistically correlated with and conducive to, higher scores on the Better Place Index ?

Strong Correlations

There is a strong correlation between GDP per Capita and Democracy (as measured by Freedom House). There is a positive Pearsons’ correlation of R= .46 between democracy (as measured by Freedom House) and GDP per capita, Based on 521 cases, this association is significant at the 0.01 level, 2-tailed.

There is an even stronger relationship between BPI and levels of democratization. *

Weak Correlations

There is not a similarly strong relationship between provisions for citizen-initiated referendums and the BPI Correlations. However, using the conventional criteria proposed by Cohen (1989), there is a weak correlation of R=. 265, between BPI and a dummy variable for provisions for citizen initiated referendums, statistically significant at the 0.01 level, 2-tailed, N: 521). While there is thus a weak statistical correlation between BPI and Citizen initiated referendums, there is no statistically significant relationship between GDP per Capita and Citizen Initiated referendums.


Immigrant ratio and GDP

For the period 2016-2018, there is, in fact, a positive correlation between the number of immigrants per 100.000 citizens and the GDP per Capita. Based on a total number of 521 cases), this correlation is significant at the 0.01 level (2-tailed), which means there is a margin of error of less than plus/minus one percent. There is a slight smaller correlation between BPI and the number of immigrants (as measured above). Using the broader BPI measure the correlation is R=. 38, also statistically is significant at the 0.01 level (2-tailed) and based on a similar N =521.

High Tax and GDP

Higher taxes are statistically associated with a higher GDP per Capita Correlations (R =.375, N: 521, statistically significant at the 0.01 level, 2-tailed), and this almost as strong when we use the BPI measure (R=.358, N: 52, statistically significant at the 0.01 level, 2-tailed).

Democracy and per capita GDP

Correlations in real-world metrics between measures of freedom and economic and social well-being.

* BPI Report :: FreedomHouse Status and BPI score by Country