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Indikatorenbasierte Länderrankings

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  • Wolfgang Ochel
  • Oliver Röhn

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Rankings of countries have become of great interest to the business community, governments and academics. They provide single and composite indicators on the competitiveness and growth prospects of countries. This article presents the rankings of the World Economic Forum, the International Institute for Management Development, the Fraser Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Bertelsmann Foundation. We conclude that although the rankings provide useful information their methodology is in general rudimentary and calls for further improvement. Government policy should be cautious when drawing conclusions from such rankings. Copyright 2008 die Autoren Journal compilation 2008, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Wolfgang Ochel & Oliver Röhn, 2008. "Indikatorenbasierte Länderrankings," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(2), pages 226-251, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:9:y:2008:i:2:p:226-251
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    1. Nick Hoffmann & Anja Hülsewig, 2010. "DICE – eine Datenbank von institutionellen Regelungen im internationalen Vergleich," ifo Schnelldienst, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 63(04), pages 31-39, February.
    2. Jürgen Wandel, 2011. "Business groups and competition in post-Soviet transition economies: The case of Russian “agroholdings”," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 24(4), pages 403-450, December.
    3. Theo Eicher & Wolfgang Ochel & Oliver Röhn & Anja Hülsewig, 2008. "Institutionen und Wirtschaftswachstum in den OECD-Ländern," ifo Schnelldienst, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 61(11), pages 28-36, June.
    4. Wolfgang Ochel & Anja Hülsewig, 2010. "Institutionen und Wachstum – ein Ranking für OECD-Länder," ifo Schnelldienst, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 63(09), pages 25-31, May.

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