Keeping Track: creative countries
World Economic Forum ranks nations
How do you rate a country's economic creativity?
A report by the World Economic Forum has assessed many factors - including demonstrated innovation, amount of home-grown technology, the importation of technology, and the creation of environments seen as favorable for start-up businesses - to come up with a comparative ranking of the 59 nations it surveyed.
The "Global Competitiveness Report 2000," authored by renowned Harvard University economists Michael Porter, Andrew Warner, and Jeffrey Sachs, argues that a country's "growth competitiveness" can't be gauged by looking at start-up capital and level of income in a vacuum. Economic growth is driven by how effectively the resources are harnessed, it says.
A look at the leaders and the laggers.
Top 10 countries
United States (1)
United Kingdom (9)
Bottom 10 countries
El Salvador (53)
(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society