US Slips Down the Ranks of Global Competitiveness

Ansuya Harjani, CNBC, September 5, 2012

The United States has slipped further down a global ranking of the world’s most competitive economies, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) survey released on Wednesday.

The world’s largest economy, which was placed 5th last year, fell two positions to the 7th spot—marking its fourth year of decline.

A lack of macroeconomic stability, the business community’s continued mistrust of the government and concerns over its fiscal health were some of the reasons for the downgrade, according to the annual survey.

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The survey, which has been conducted annually for over three decades, ranks the competitiveness of 144 countries based on 12 key indicators including infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, labor market efficiency and innovation.

“If you look at competitiveness, what we are talking about is productivity. It’s countries that are productive that can support the sorts of rising living standards and high wages that everyone is looking for,” Blanke told CNBC.

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Switzerland and Singapore retained their positions as the most competitive economies, coming in 1st and 2nd, respectively.

Switzerland’s top spot was achieved as a result of its strong performance across the board, according to WEF, with notable labor market efficiency, sophistication of its business sector and its innovative capacity. The country has among the highest rates of patents per capita globally.

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Among the large emerging economies, China was ranked highest at 26, thanks to favorable macroeconomic conditions. This was significantly higher than Brazil, India and Russia which came in at 53, 56 and 66, respectively.

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THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX 2012–2013
Country

2012-2013

2011-2012

Switzerland

1

1

Singapore

2

2

Finland

3

4

Sweden

4

3

Netherlands

5

7

Germany

6

6

United States

7

5

United Kingdom

8

10

Hong Kong

9

11

Japan

10

9

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  • VERY interesting about Switzerland.  Switzerland is not part of the EU and does not use the Euro.  Despite being a small country with no ports they are the number 1 Global Competitive Economy.  What does that tell you about the EU?

    •  When they mind their business, they MIND it.
      No lip service there.

  • JohnEngelman

    Finland and Sweden have two of the most fully developed Social Democratic economies in the world. Nevertheless, Social Democracy only works in countries where nearly everyone is white. I hope Social Democrats figure that out before it is too late. 
                                                                    
    Social Democrats have become too civilized too soon. They have difficulty understanding the mentalities of those who are less evolved than they are. 

  • potato78

    Where is Russia and China?

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    If Germany didn’t have to continually pay for phoney war crimes, they would be #1

     

  • Defiant White

    I wonder where an all-white America would rank?  Imagine if whites just booted the coloreds across the Mississippi and after the whites on the west side had scurried across, burnt the bridges and just split the place in half.

    I suspect they’d have to invent a new scale . . .

    • The__Bobster

      Why would you give half the country away to the darkies?

      • Defiant White

        I wouldn’t.  Just saying . . .

      • Just think of the fun you could have whwn the first winter comes rolling around and they (darls) try to whine their way accross the river for some _food_.
        They would all freeze to death.
        Then recolonize, what else ?

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      No ethnostates, no balkanization. Segregation or apartheid, violently enforced if necessary. “Diversity” will do nothing but destroy any land or city we give them. The US government broke the social contract in the 60’s. Exactly what Kennedy said wouldn’t happen, did happen. We have a right to bring back a system that worked.

      • Defiant White

        QUOTE: Segregation or apartheid, violently enforced if necessary.

        I would love to see you lay out, on paper, how that would work.  Sounds like you’re a Catastrophist . . . as in . . . the US undergoes some terrible catastrophe and begins to look like something out of a Mel Gibson movie.  Whites rise up, seize control and live happily ever after.

        This is the same fantasy most WNs have been peddling for 30 years and it comes from the same place:  They have no real solutions to offer so they turn to magic. 

        But all the magical thinking in the world isn’t going to deal with 40 million blacks,  50 millon spanish-speakers (some white, most not) and millions of white left-wingers, homos, liberals and, of course . . . jews and muslims.

        I’d say we’d be lucky to put together a population of 100 million whites who subscribe to a racialist philosophy . . . even if there is a catastrophe.

        So the numbers don’t work unless the US becomes a perennial police state . . . and who will run that?  You?  Me?  Some committee?

        Sooner or later, we have to go our separate ways.  The most efficient way to achieve a white racialist state in North America is to separate ourselves from those we don’t want living in our white state.  That means we offer them a land of their own and we separate in some relative peace so there’s something left to build upon.

  • potato78

    Pure white people in nordic europe, have a lot of asian genes.
    “white” people in south europe, have a lot of black genes.
    The above statement has been proven by:
    http://www.amren.com/news/2012

    • The__Bobster

      Bullsquirt. Go crawl back into your hole unless you can produce real proof.

    • potato78

      go figure.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       That’s jeans, not genes.  Most jeans sold in the US are also from Asia (China)

  • Yay, Switzerland is my favorite European country and where I’d move to if I leave the US.

    Switzerland, the country that negates all the liberal socioeconomic arguments.

    Stayed out of the EU
    94% white
    11.5% tax on the rich
    Private health care system with 100 different insurers
    Males citizens legally required to own firearms

    And yet somehow the country manages to stay competitive, developed, and orderly without all the benefits of globalization, diversity, high taxation, socialized medicine, and gun control!  Heresy!

    Switzerland is my favorite European country.  I especially like their referendum system that gives the public real representation.  If I ever leave the US I will immigrate there and renounce my US citizenship.  I no longer give a damn about a country that doesn’t give a damn about and continually sells out its historic majority.  Michelle Obama’s now proud of her country, I’m no longer proud, ironic.

    • IstvanIN

       Only 94% white?  How sad, but they also import the third worlders and won’t be that white for long.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Then the 6% non-white population must all be hanging out in Basel.  I’s swear I was in Islamabad or Nairobi last time I was there.

    • Ed_NY

      It does not suprise me that Switzerland is #1.  This makes me very proud as I am a dual U.S.-Swiss citizen.  I was born in the U.S. to Swiss parents which entitled me to Swiss citizenship.  Though I am bilingual, I think I should start brushing up on my German as I may be living in Switzerland someday.  BTW, my father was always proud of Swiss Ingenuity.

      I can bet you will never ever see a majority black country on the top of that list!

  • The__Bobster

    They should, rather than whining that they can’t find talent here, so they have to rely on cheap, imported H-1b’s.

  • NM156

    Thanks for the insight. Good post.

  • IstvanIN

     That is why we should have a very limited Federal government and let the states sort out most problems themselves. 

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    I’ve long since gave up hope. I’m planning for the reconstruction or the “American Renaissance”

  • But I thought diversity, created by illegal invading mexicans made us “stronger?” What’s going on?

  • Peter Lamoureux

    The statistics are pretty straight forward, our outlook as a competitive first world nation will continue to slide as long as we pollute the gene and culture pool.  Inferiority breeds inferiority.

  • IKantunderstand

    Is there a stock you can buy that’s tied into population growth? Puts/Calls on Nigeria? Options on Sri Lanka? Seriously? You think anybody in their right mind would invest in this crap? What do you think the Vegas odds are on the growth of Nigeria? Other than betting on the percentage of growth, there’s no bet. Oh, and by the way, increased population does not mean increased consumption of consumer goods, other than essentials, which in most White societies means, government supplied welfare.And, come to think about it,White government supplied welfare to africa as well.Now, NYB, how the hell do you draw a comparison between feudal landowners and hard working American citizens who decided to invest their money in a corporation as a shareholder? Shareholders in this country, NYB, invest solely at their discretion, and yes, sometimes, they do want returns on old investments(they helped pay for them). Oh, and NYB, shareholders in this country are able to be productice/unproductive, depending on their circumstances. And you are right about one thing: based on what is happening in this country right now, bright people are not  attracted to being genuinely competitive. Yes, NYB, the system is collapsing.  Because of the weight of the unproductive  non- shareholders. So, NYB, where are you from? The old USSR? I know you weren’t  born here.

    • Yorkshireman.

      Good call to reference Nigeria, land of total corruption and 100% black African governance, including their only global trading income… OIL!!!
       http://tinyurl.com/8hrm8qd

    • NM156

      No you really can’t understand, can you. Try an MRI of your hippocampus. Some short-circuiting is going on, mister market genius. WalMart and its suppliers alone make endless billions on the Third World influx to America. Lots of money to be made by increasing the population without any increase at all of per capita wealth. Divide and conquer the working and middle classes and earn more while individual workers make less. This has been the scenario since the 1970s.

      • IKantunderstand

        I seriously don’t know where to begin with you.Do you actually understand the definition of per capita ? How in the hell can you make money with a negative correlation of population and wealth?Is English your second, or perhaps, third language?  And after the U.S. pays for the education and health care and food for the thirld world influx to this  country, where exactly does  the endless billions of dollars come from? The third world influx HAS NO MONEY!  Let’s see, you barely understand economics,English, so I don’t suppose you’ll understand a complicated play on words; (your attempt to play on “can’t” is a nice try, but doesn’t go nearly far enough. I admit though, you did understand the most obvious part, or perhaps you decided that I just didn’t know how to spell “can’t”)  but , here goes: IKantunderstand is a reference to Immanuel Kant, an eighteenth century German philosopher;  his concepts greatly influenced Hegel whose writings formed the basis of Marxism (extremely long story, doubt you are up to it). Calling myself  “IKantunderstand ” is a play on Kant being the basis for communism, and the word “can’t”, because I truly don’t understand how anybody could ever think communism would be successful, and the “I” , the first initial for Immanuel, as well as the pronoun for me.  So, what shiite hole third world country are you from? You’re obviously one of their brightest. Go home and fix your own country, smarty pants.

  • JackKrak

    Swizterland, Singapore, Sweden and Finland at the top.

    Goes to show what you can do when you don’t have 40 million blacks and and 80 (100? 150?) million hispanics sitting on your back.

    •  The real trick would be to get them off and then keep them off your back…

      That would take real intent from politicos. Can’t see it happening. Pity.

  • KenelmDigby

    Of course, the immigrationists prate non-stop that mass, uncontrolled immigration into the USA will somehow ‘advantage’ the USA over states with homogenous and stable populations.

  • About Switzerland, do they have a “Federal Reserve” type of money creation or is it the realm-created surrency (no debt) ?

  •  To escape, ypu have to swim father out as a sinking ship creates a sucking effect that could drag one under.
    True also for money and markets…

  • Singapore is certainly not a homogenous nation. Singapore is in fact a multi racial/ multi cultural and multi religious socialist paradise on Earth. It comprises of Han Chinese, Indian Tamils, Malays and other Asian ethnicities. It is considered as the world’s cleanest nation and the “most perfect nation” on Earth…it has the best standards of education, lowest crime rates, well developed infrastructure and technology as well as the most hi-tech friendly economy & industry on the globe. Israel is another such example, a nation which comprises of Jews from all races and nationalities – from Brown Mizrahi Jews of the Bible ( all over the middle east, India and Persia) to light skinned Askhenazim Jews to Sephardics, Kai-Feng Chinese Jews and African Falashas. The only problem Israel has with Africa is the hoardes of illegal NON-Jewish African interlopers in our nation. If the African ( like the black Ethiopian Falashas) can prove their Jewish identity, they would be more than welcome in our midsts as our brethren!