Developed by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Southern California, this index takes a wide view, examining data for 30 countries in five areas: productivity and engagement, well-being, equity, cohesion and security. “There are many elements beyond economic measures that are important,” said Dr. John Rowe, who led the research team.
The index offers a lens into the future, Rowe says, because European countries are further along the aging curve. The U.S., despite ranking in the top five, receives decidedly mixed grades. It ranks No. 1 for “productivity and engagement,” gets good marks for strong relationships among generations, but has mediocre-to-poor rankings in categories measuring health, financial security and income inequality.