The Global Competitiveness Report 2011 – 2012

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 27, 2011

The Global Competitiveness Report 2011–2012, Professor Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Columbia University – Chief Advisor of the Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance

  • “Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, released by the World Economic Forum. Singapore overtakes Sweden for second position. Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with Sweden (3rd), Finland (4th), Germany (6th), the Netherlands (7th), Denmark (8th) and the United Kingdom (10th). Japan remains the second-ranked Asian economy at 9th place, despite falling three places since last year. The United States continues its decline for the third year in a row, falling one more place to fifth position. In addition to the macroeconomic vulnerabilities that continue to build, some aspects of the United States’ institutional environment continue to raise concern among business leaders, particularly related to low public trust in politicians and concerns about government inefficiency. On a more positive note, banks and financial institutions are rebounding for the first time since the financial crisis and are assessed as somewhat sounder and more efficient.”
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