HEC Paris, partner of the 2010 Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum

1 October 2010

The World Economic Forum has just published its 2010 Global Competitiveness Report. The data is derived primarily from a perception poll carried out in the Spring in each country by a partner institute. HEC Paris was the partner for France.

In the 2010 report, Switzerland rates highest and the United States slips to the fourth place due to the deterioration of their financial markets and their public accounts. European countries display their heterogeneity.

Four countries in the European Union are in the top 10: Sweden, Germany, Finland and Denmark. Unsurprisingly, due to its serious imbalances, Greece is the country in the Union that is ranked the lowest by the Forum (83rd of 139 countries examined).

However, the gaps between the scores of developed countries are minimal in reality, and the continuing rapid progress of certain emerging countries constitutes the most remarkable result of the report. China, in particular, has caught up with the European Union country average.

Another remarkable result: Southern Mediterranean countries (The Maghreb, The Machrek, Turkey and Israel) are more competitive than several member countries. Tunisia, the most competitive country in the Maghreb according to the Forum, emerges at number 32, surpassing 14 European Union members.

Bertrand Moingeon, Professor and Deputy Dean at HEC Paris and Edouard Mathieu, Associate Professor at HEC Executive Education and Economist at DATAR (Délégation interministérielle à l'aménagement du territoire et à l'attractivité régionale ), prepared a summary of this study (French version below).

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