Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018

The first edition of the Readiness for the Future of Production Assessment, prepared in collaboration with A.T. Kearney, is part of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Production. The assessment benchmarks readiness for the future of production for 100 countries according to 59 indicators covering two main dimensions: Structure of …
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The Global Risks Report 2018

The World Economic Forum has just published the Global Risk Report 2018. The Global Risks Report 2018 is published at a time of encouraging headline global growth. Any breathing space this offers to leaders should not be squandered: the urgency of facing up to systemic challenges has intensified over the past year amid proliferating signs …
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2018 Franchise 500 Rankings

McDonald’s has taken the top spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500, widely regarded as the world’s best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. 7-Eleven Inc. and Dunkin’ Donuts occupy second and third place, respectively. Each company on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” list is judged by “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.” Other factors considered include financial strength and stability, …
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Global Economic Prospects, January 2018: Broad-Based Upturn, but for How Long?

The World Bank has just published the report “Global Economic Prospects, January 2018: Broad-Based Upturn, but for How Long?”. The World Bank forecasts global economic growth to edge up to 3.1 percent in 2018 after a much stronger-than-expected 2017, as the recovery in investment, manufacturing, and trade continues. Growth in advanced economies is expected to …
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Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative has released its new whitepaper on Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’. This report demystifies the new sharing economy vocabulary, explains key drivers for sharing, and the opportunities for cities to engage and drive sharing practices. It also explores how cities can …
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Working Conditions of Workers of Different Ages

Eurofound has recently published the Working conditions of workers of different ages report. Demographic change is changing the face of working life across the EU. The increased demand on a shrinking pool of workers to provide for the social needs of an ageing population is leading to increases in the employment rate of older workers …
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The Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018

The Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018 combines a survey of 750 multinational investors and corporate executives with detailed analysis and recommendations concerning FDI in developing countries. Co-authored by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C), the report considers developing countries as both sources and recipients of …
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IMD World Talent Ranking 2017

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a Switzerland-based private business school, has published the IMD World Talent Report 2017. Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium remain the most competitive countries in the 2017 IMD World Talent Ranking. Europe continues to dominate the 2017 list, with 11 out of the 15 most talent competitive economies based on …
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Riding the Wave: An East Asian Miracle for the 21st Century

The World Bank has just published the report “Riding the Wave: An East Asian Miracle for the 21st Century”. Developing East Asia has led the way in showing how rapid and broadly shared growth can lift millions out of poverty. And, as this book shows, the region has achieved even more: the wave of prosperity …
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Shaking Up Economic Progress: Aggregate Shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean

The World Bank has just published “Shaking Up Economic Progress: Aggregate Shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean”. According to the report, countries across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have made major progress in reducing poverty and inequality, but frequent natural and man-made shocks threaten to drive many people back into poverty unless efforts …
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