Conservation | May 24, 2017

An index for inclusive investment opportunities

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A new tool from Morgan Stanley and the Economist’s Intelligence Unit ranks tech-driven opportunities in 20 countries across finance, education, healthcare and gender equity.

Among the takeaways: income inequality in the U.S. is more akin to China, Argentina and Turkey than to the U.K., the Netherlands or Australia. Technology can leapfrog stages of development in least-developed markets, but investments are hampered by the lack of digital literacy, along with basic services like energy, clean water and sanitation.

The 150 metrics are combined into 50 indicators across inequality, housing affordability, healthcare costs, education gaps, financial inclusion for women and the digital divide.