‘The Social Progress Index for 2016 ranks the United States No. 19 among 133 countries in the world, behind Ireland, France, Canada and New Zealand, and just ahead of Slovenia and Portugal. Full details of the rankings and analysis can be found here.
The Index is produced by the U.S.-based nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, and is based on the work of leading economists, which include Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz. It measures how well countries perform delivering social goods to their people, including education, health and wellness, housing, opportunity, personal rights, personal safety and tolerance.
“Sad to say, the United States has the dubious distinction of being the one major industrial nation that is significantly underperforming on its social progress, relative to its GDP,” said Michael Green, executive director of the Social Progress Imperative.’
By, Mitchell Hartman