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

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May 2017

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

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 digital-currencies and e-participation the landscape of current capabilities and future prospects changes swiftly. In order for the decision makers in both public and private sectors of an economy to address this rapid transformation, it needs to be quantified and accounted for.

April 2017


Can competitiveness data predict the French election? 

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 Brexit still making daily headlines.



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 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.


November 2016

The IMD World Talent Report 2016

The IMD World Competitiveness Center is delighted to present the IMD World Talent Report 2016. The report includes a talent ranking for all countries in 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.

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.
March 2016 Innovation, values and high-tech trade 
The IMD World Competitiveness Center in partnership with Thailand's Department of Trade Negotiations (Ministry of Commerce) recently organized an event aimed at improving Thailand's competitiveness. The three-day event included several interrelated activities and culminated in a highly dynamic and interactive workshop - a "Mega Dive."
February 2016 Competitiveness and Digital Challenges 
The IMD World Competitiveness Center recently partnered with Accenture (Germany and Switzerland) to conduct a study about digitization trends and the digital challenges that German and Swiss companies are facing. We assess the impact of digitization on the competitive context and the digital practices that the competitive firms adopt in such environments.