Tag Archives: Productivity

OECD Economic Outlook – Nov 2018

The OECD has just published its latest Economic Outlook. According to the report, global economic growth remains strong but has passed its recent peak and faces escalating risks including rising trade tensions and tightening financial conditions. Growth forecasts for next year have been revised down for most of the world’s major economies. Global GDP is …
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The Global Competitiveness Report 2018

The World Economic Forum has launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2018”. In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarization and a fragile economic recovery, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity. The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history …
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Building a Stronger and More Integrated Europe

Europe’s economy is finally growing robustly. These positive developments provide an opportunity to renew efforts to meet the long-term challenges facing the European Union (EU). The EU’s record on reducing regional income disparities is mixed and this explains some of citizens’ discontent with the European project. Reforming cohesion policy by focusing spending more on items …
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OECD Economic Outlook – Nov 2017

The OECD has just published its latest Economic Outlook. According to the report, the world economy has strengthened, with monetary and fiscal stimulus underpinning a broad-based and synchronised improvement in growth rates across most countries. Annual growth of the world economy is projected to improve slightly in 2018, but remains below the pre-crisis period and …
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The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018

The World Economic Forum has launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018”. For the ninth consecutive year, the report’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) finds Switzerland to be the world’s most competitive economy, narrowly ahead of the United States and Singapore. Other G20 economies in the top 10 are Germany (5), the United Kingdom (8) and Japan (9). …
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The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017

The World Economic Forum has just launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017”. Switzerland, Singapore and the United States remain the three world’s most competitive economies. This year’s edition highlights that declining openness is threatening growth and prosperity. It also highlights that monetary stimulus measures such as quantitative easing are not enough to sustain growth and must …
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The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

The World Economic Forum has just launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016.” Switzerland continues to be the most competitive country worldwide for the sixth consecutive year, followed by Singapore in second place and United States in third. In Europe, Spain, Italy, Portugal and France have made significant strides in bolstering competitiveness. Thanks to reform packages aimed at …
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Low-hanging fruit: 77 eye-opening ways to improve productivity and profits by Jeremy Eden and Terri Long.

Overview: In just about every area of life, we tend to think there are only two possibilities: accept things the way they are, or put in alot of effort, time, and money to make things better. Low-Hanging Fruit is about a third possibility. What most people don’t realize is that there are dozens of easy, …
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The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing

The use of advanced industrial robots is nearing the point of takeoff, a development that could power a new wave of productivity growth in many industries and lead to changes of up to 5 percentage points in the cost competitiveness of major export economies relative to the U.S., according to new research by The Boston …
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