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The World Competitiveness Newsletter is written by Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center or Dr José Caballero, Senior Economist. It includes information drawn from the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

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March 2017 Competitiveness and gender parity: A long way to go
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 spheres. In this issue of the Criterion of the Month, the IMD World Competitive Center recognizes the International Women's Day by exploring the relationship between competitiveness and different criteria related to women's activities.
February 2017 Business Efficiency and Productivity (Part I)
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 some of the key indicators driving business efficiency and productivity.
January 2017 The continuous attractiveness of Switzerland: Talent availability and other sources of competitiveness
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 mention the existing corporate taxes (vis-à-vis tax rates in Germany, Japan and the USA), a stable political system underlined by a sound and reliable legal system, access to finance (particularly for SMEs), and a business-friendly regulatory framework which is oriented towards the encouragement of entrepreneurship.
November 2016 World Talent Report 2016
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 Yearbook (61 countries as of this year).
October 2016 Structure and Drivers of Digital Competitiveness
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 facilitating its digitalization. We propose that in constructing such measure, there are three levels (i.e. factors) to be considered. These factors are 1) knowledge dynamics, 2) digital environment and 3) integration mechanisms.
September 2016 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking: Survey and hard data
Following up on feedback from several readers, in this criterion of the month we explore the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking's core components: its hard and survey data elements. We divide our overall ranking into these components and rank both sets of data individually for the years 2015 and 2016. The objective is to observe variations in the data in a one-year period. We must emphasize, however, that the two core rankings should not be compared with each other nor with the overall ranking.
June 2016 Policy stability and government efficiency
There are certain particularities that underline the competitiveness of countries. We consider these characteristics as attractiveness indicators and asked respondents to our Executive Opinion Survey to select the top five indicators (from a list of 15) for their respective economies. Among these indicators we include cost competitiveness and the availability of skilled workforce.
May 2016 IMD releases its 2016 World Competitiveness Ranking
Lausanne - (May 30, 2016) - The USA has surrendered its status as the world's most competitive economy after being overtaken by China Hong Kong and Switzerland, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center.
April 2016 Social disparities and competitiveness
Data show that a structural transformation is a precondition for increasing competitiveness. Such transformation entails enabling all individual members of society to fully participate and contribute to economic activities. Moreover, competiveness, understood as the extent to which a country achieves long-term value creation, involves the improvement of the welfare of the community as a whole.

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