Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index: Part One: Laying down the Base

Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom, 'Pat I: Laying down the Base', in Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom (eds), Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020)

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 22/2020

45 Pages Posted: 12 May 2020 Last revised: 19 May 2020

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Dimitry Kochenov

CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest; CEU Department of Legal Studies, Vienna

Justin Lindeboom

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 16, 2020

Abstract

This paper is the introduction to the QNI, aiming to show the avenues of demystifying the concept of citizenship through the use of data. Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) ranks the objective value of all nationalities as legal statuses of attachment to states. Using a wide variety of strictly quantifiable data to gauge the opportunities presented and limitations imposed by nationalities on their holders, the QNI provides a comprehensive ranking of the intrinsic quality of each citizenship status in the world. Both the internal value (economic opportunities, human development and peace and stability) and the external value (including the number and quality of visa-free travel and, crucially, settlement destinations) of all the nationalities in the world are measured, only to reveal the reality that the quality of nationalities is not correlated with the prestige of the issuing states. The full dataset of the index is available on Mendeley.

The QNI is an invaluable tool to illustrate the huge discrepancies in the value of the nationalities of the world: showcasing first-hand the unequal distribution of rights and opportunities which different nationalities bring to their holders.

Keywords: QNI, Citizenship, inequality, nottebohm, nationality, index

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry and Lindeboom, Justin, Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index: Part One: Laying down the Base (April 16, 2020). Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom, 'Pat I: Laying down the Base', in Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom (eds), Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020), University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 22/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578074

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest ( email )

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CEU Department of Legal Studies, Vienna ( email )

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Justin Lindeboom

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Groningen, 9712 EK
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