Empirical Assessment of the Quality of Nationalities: The Quality of Nationality Index (QNI)

4 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 2017, pp. 314–336

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 17/2017

19 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2017 Last revised: 7 Mar 2018

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law; Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Justin Lindeboom

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 15, 2017

Abstract

Contemporary thinking about nationality is surrounded by three persistent mythologies. First, all nationalities are equal. Second, there is a direct correlation between the power and size of the economy of a country and the quality of its nationality. Third, there is a correlation between the geographical scope of the rights granted by a nationality and the territory of the conferring state. Looking beyond the subjective feelings one may have towards one’s nationality, the widely diverging quality of nationalities can in fact be measured. In the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which this article introduces and discusses, an attempt has been made to develop and deploy a reliable and straightforward methodology to measure objectively the value of having a particular nationality, which would not be perception-based. QNI is used to refute all the three mythologies above as unhelpful and misleading. Nationalities are far from equal, as least not under the assumption that the level of expected welfare, education, healthcare, life chances, and global travel and settlement opportunities matter.

Keywords: Citizenship law, nationality, empirical research, QNI, Quality of Nationality Index

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry and Lindeboom, Justin, Empirical Assessment of the Quality of Nationalities: The Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) (October 15, 2017). 4 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 2017, pp. 314–336; University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 17/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3053624

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

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Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Justin Lindeboom

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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