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What is competitiveness?

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Defining Competitiveness Among Countries

The World Economic Forum defines competitiveness as the "set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country."

Another way to view it is to consider how it promotes wellbeing. A competitive economy is productive, leadin...

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Productivity has been found to be the main factor driving growth and income levels. Income levels are closely linked to welfare. Understanding the components that impacts this chain of events is important.

In essence, rising competitiveness means increasin...

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The WEF (World Economic Forum) breaks down countries' competitiveness into 12 areas. These are grouped into three sub-categories.

  1. Basic requirements: Institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, and health & primary education.

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While the world is getting better at measuring things, there is still no fail-safe way to include a country's environmental record into its competitiveness core. Nor is there a way to measure if and how competitiveness makes people happy.

However, comparing the competitiveness of those...

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Basic drivers of competitiveness such as infrastructure, health, education, and markets will always be important, but the data suggests that a nation's performance regarding technological readiness, business sophistication and innovation is as important in driving competitiveness and ...

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