IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2017

The reference on the market

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 more than 340 criteria measuring different facets of competitiveness.

We use two types of data:

  • Two-thirds hard statistical data (international/national sources)
  • One-third survey data (Executive Opinion Survey)

There are three main sections in the World Competitiveness Yearbook:


The famous "World Competitiveness Ranking" is complemented by several customized rankings: For example, rankings split by population size, by wealth or by region (Europe-Middle East-Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas). In addition, the five-year evolutions of overall and factor rankings are available.

Country profiles

For each of the 62 countries, we have conducted an in-depth analysis showing overall performance, challenges, the competitiveness landscape, greatest improvements and biggest declines, strengths and weaknesses, and evolution.

Statistical tables

We have also created criteria rankings of 62 countries (over 340 tables). These tables enable easy country comparisons.

Texts on competitiveness analysis, methodology, FAQs, list of all the information providers and detailed notes and sources are provided as well.

World Competitiveness Package 2017

For optimal use of our data, the IMD World Competitiveness Center offers a package including:

  • The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2017
  • A PDF version on CD
  • 12 months access to the constantly updated World Competitiveness Online database for one location-UNLIMITED LICENSE

Order the World Competitiveness Package

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IMD World Competitiveness Center
Chemin de Bellerive 23,
P.O. 915, CH-1001 Lausanne

Tel: +41 21 618 02 51

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IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Methodology

By William Milner, Information Researcher at the IMD World Competitiveness Center

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