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Global Competitiveness Report 2001-2002

Overview | Buying the Report | Chapter Summaries
 

Global Competitiveness Report 2001-2002 Cover

Overview

The Global Competitiveness Report 2001-2002 (GCR) was published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University and the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs of CID served as Co-Director of the Report, alongside Professor Michael Porter, Director of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, and Professor Klaus Schwab, President of the WEF. John McArthur of CID and Peter Cornelius of the WEF served as Project Leaders for the GCR.

The final printed version of the GCR 2001-2002 became available from Oxford University Press in November 2001 (see ordering information), but selected introductory chapters can be downloaded below.

The following sections of the report are available in PDF format.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.  You can obtain Acrobat Reader here.

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Buying the Report

The printed edition of the Global Competitiveness Report 2001-2002 as well as a CD-ROM of results from our Executive Opinion Survey was made available from Oxford University Press in early November 2001. To order a copy, please visit http://www.us.oup.com/us/collections/reports/wef/

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Chapter Summaries

CHAPTER 1.1
The Growth Competitiveness Index: Measuring Technological Advancement and the Stages of Development
By John W. McArthur and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Center for International Development, Harvard University

This chapter on growth competitiveness contains two distinct sections: the first is an outline of current knowledge concerning economic growth and the results for this year's Growth Competitiveness Index (GCI); while the second, proceeds in greater detail and describes the new GCI methodology and logic used in the construction of this year's index.
 

CHAPTER 1.2
Enhancing the Microeconomic Foundations of Prosperity: The Current Competitiveness Index
By Michael E. Porter, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

This chapter focuses on the findings of this year's Current Competitiveness Index (CCI), which applies a microeconomic approach to competitiveness and examines the conditions that support a high level of sustainable productivity and prosperity, measured by GDP per capita. The findings challenge the notion that microeconomic improvement is automatic if proper macroeconomic policies are instituted suggesting that micro reforms are equally if not more important than macro reforms.
 

CHAPTER 2.1
Ranking National Environmental Regulation and Performance: A Leading Indicator of Future Competitiveness?
By Daniel C. Esty, Yale University School of Law and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Michael E. Porter, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

This chapter analyses the differences among countries in environmental performance and their link between environmental outcomes and national environmental policy choices. The chapter reveals the findings of their exploration of the question: must environmental quality come at the expense of competitiveness and economic development?
 

CHAPTER 2.2
National Innovative Capacity
By Michael E. Porter, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School
Scott Stern, Northwestern University and the Brookings Institution

This chapter delves in detail into the conditions that allow a country to innovate at the global technology frontier. The findings reveal the striking degree to which the national circumstances actually explain the differences across countries in innovative activity measured by US patenting.
 

CHAPTER 2.3
Economic Creativity: An Update
By Andrew M. Warner, Center for International Development, Harvard University

This chapter contains an update on the concept of economic creativity, which provided a methodological breakthrough on how to quantify the distinct effects of innovation versus diffusion as contributors to economic growth. This chapter provides the reader with a comparison of this year's and last year's economic creativity index.
 

CHAPTER 2.4
Sectoral Trade Performance
By Peter K. Cornelius, World Economic Forum
Friedrich von Kirchbach, International Trade Centre
Mondher Mimouni, International Trade Centre
Jean-Michel Pasteels, International Trade Centre
Shilpa Phadke, International Trade Centre

This chapter provides a new framework for assessing national trade performance at the sectoral level. Taking advantage of sophisticated United Nations' data on the trade flows of all 75 Global Competitiveness Report countries over the past years, the authors are able to assess how countries' individual industries are performing compared with the same industries in other countries. They furthermore compare the future prospects for those industries, based on a range of factors that includes the current global demand trends for those industries.

CHAPTER 2.55
Labor Markets in Europe: Performance, Reform, and Perception
By Peter K. Cornelius and Yong Zhang, World Economic Forum

This chapter reviews the recent developments in European labour markets and the context for ongoing structural reform in this area. The authors discuss how labour market restrictions have become an impediment to growth in the European Union, particularly since exchange rates have been removed as a macroeconomic adjustment mechanism.

CHAPTER 2.6
Perceptions of the Euro: An Update
By Peter K. Cornelius, World Economic Forum
Andrew M. Warner, Center for International Development, Harvard University

This chapter assesses the performance of the euro as of early 2001 and reveals interesting shifts in European executives' assessment of the euro's prospects for stability.
 

CHAPTER 2.77
Executive Opinion Survey
By Peter K. Cornelius, World Economic Forum
John W. McArthur, Center for International Development, Harvard University

This chapter is a review of the Executive Opinion Survey: it includes a brief description of our surveying methodologies, several descriptive statistics of our Survey sample, and a few key tests of the consistency and accuracy of the Survey results.

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