IMD World Competitiveness Center

Finance

Do more adaptive economies exhibit higher productivity?

14/06/2017

The new ranking recently released by the IMD World Competitiveness Center prompts to a host of different inquiries, particularly with respect to the new criteria utilized. The IMD World Digital Rankin ...

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Finance

A new publication at the IMD World Competitiveness Center: The World Digital Competitiveness Ranking

09/05/2017

Technology changes at great speed and affects not only how businesses function but also how countries perform today and evolve in the future. From 3D-printing, robotics, and neuro-technology to ...

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Economics

Can competitiveness data predict the French election?

11/04/2017

April 23 is the first round of the French Presidential election. As with many recent elections, there is an intense interest in the outcome, especially with Le Pen as a contender and with Trump and ...

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Economics, Political Economy

Business Efficiency and Productivity - Part I

30/03/2017

The actions and policies of the government and their outcomes (e.g., infrastructure indicators) affect the efficiency and productivity of the private sector. In this Criterion of the Month, we assess ...

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Economics

The continuous attractiveness of Switzerland: Talent availability and other sources of competitiveness

30/03/2017

Why do MNCs such as Philip Morris and ABB choose Switzerland as a base for their operations? There are several significant factors that define the attractiveness of Switzerland. Among them, one can ...

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Economics

Announcing the IMD World Talent Report 2016

30/03/2017

The IMD World Competitiveness Center is delighted to present its IMD World Talent Report 2016. The report includes a talent ranking for all countries that are part of the IMD World Competitiveness ...

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Economics

Structure and Drivers of Digital Competitiveness

30/03/2017

Using the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook’s data for 2016, we develop a measure of Digital Competitiveness; that is, the adequacy of the different components of an economy’s structure for facilitat ...

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Economics, Political Economy

The falling star called democracy

By Arturo Bris - 13/03/2017

Today, only 4.5% of the world’s population lives in a fully democratic country, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. About 45% live in flawed democracies, while 33% are ...

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Economics, Political Economy

Competitiveness and gender parity: A long way to go

09/03/2017

March 8 marks International Women’s Day: a celebration of the many accomplishments by women as well as the acknowledgement of on-going efforts for gender parity in the social, political and economic ...

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Economics, Political Economy

GDP is dead. Long live ‘happiness’

By Arturo Bris - 03/03/2017

The modern concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was developed by economist Simon Kuznets in 1934. Since then, and especially after the Bretton Woods Accords, GDP has been the accepted standard for ...

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Economics

Talent competitiveness and leadership quality

By Arturo Bris with Christos Cabolis, José Caballero. - 18/01/2017

Public policies can strongly influence the quality of leadership capabilities and competencies available in a particular country. For example, policies that increase education expenditure, personal ...

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Economics, Political Economy

Why are companies setting up shop in the most expensive country in the world?

By Arturo Bris - 15/11/2016

Without a doubt, Switzerland has been one of the most successful economies over the past several decades. It sits atop most international rankings in terms of productivity, innovation capacity, life ...

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Innovation, Political Economy

It’s Swiss time!

By Arturo Bris, Michael R. Wade - 09/11/2016

Opportunities for greatness are rare, and all notable success stories can be traced back to someone, somewhere making exactly the right move at just the right time. One of those rare moments exists ri ...

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Finance, Political Economy

Why action must be taken against corporate tax havens

By Arturo Bris - 23/09/2016

At the onset of the financial crisis in 2009, the members of the largest economies in the world launched a crusade against tax havens and banking secrecy. Eight years later, the Swiss private banking ...

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Competitiveness

World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016

01/07/2016

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook is the leading annual report on the competitiveness of nations and has been published by IMD since 1989. It benchmarks the performance of 62 countries based on m ...

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Political Economy

BREXIT? I vote OUT!!!

By Arturo Bris - 22/06/2016

I know that, as a Spaniard, I cannot vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The outcome is uncertain, and the ultimate decision by British voters is going to be driven by both rational and emotional ...

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Economics, Finance

Are the rich just getting richer?

By Arturo Bris - 25/05/2016

The launch of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking is right around the corner. Every year it uses a wealth of economic and scientific hard data as well as robust surveys of business executives around ...

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Economics, Political Economy

North Korea: the country that doesn't smile

By Arturo Bris - 05/04/2016

I have just returned from my first-ever, one-week visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Having spent the last ten years in Switzerland, I have enjoyed the experience of living in ...

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Economics, Interpersonal Leadership

Where’s the best country to start a company?

By Arturo Bris - 25/02/2016

Imagine that you could open a business anywhere in the world. Where would you choose? Before you decide, consider these facts: The BRICS have not lived up to their potential - the Shanghai stock marke ...

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Economics, Political Economy

The Competitiveness Challenge

By Arturo Bris, Michael Sorell with Susan Stehli. - 05/01/2016
Contributor: José Caballero, Christos Cabolis.

  In June 2015, 25 participants gathered in Lausanne for a Discovery Event about the difference between country and business competitiveness and how together they can drive growth for society.     Tre ...

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