EU sources -Competitiveness report published -September 06, 2013

The World Economic Forum has published its Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 that assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of productivity and prosperity. Switzerland retains its first place. Besides Singapore (2nd) the ranking is dominated by Northern and Western European countries with regulated markets. Therefore, this report can hardly be a further argument for deregulation. Some of the presumptions are questionable: for instance in the pillar Labour market flexibility more points are allocated to wage bargaining at decentralised level than to centralised bargaining processes.   



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