New Zealand's National Business Review looks at New Zealand's rank and some other findings from the 2006 Commitment to Development Index.
From the article:
New Zealand’s high ranking is based on its liberal trade and migration policies, which contrasts with Europe’s high trade barriers and restrictive entry policies.
For the 21 rich countries as a whole, the overall trend continues to be one of little change. The average score for all the index countries climbed modestly from 5.0 in 2003 to 5.3 in 2005, then fell slightly to 5.2 this year. Still, twice as many countries have seen their score improve as have seen their score decline in the past four years.
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