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Karl Aiginger, Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber, Johanna Vogel (WIFO), Competitiveness under New Perspectives. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 44

WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, October 2013, 97 pages,
This paper aims to redefine the term competitiveness to enhance its usefulness for the evaluation of country performance and for policy conclusions. We establish a definition that is adequate if economic policy strives for a new growth path that is more dynamic, socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable. We tentatively apply the proposed definition to evaluate the "competitiveness" of EU member countries as well as to compare Europe's competitiveness with that of the USA, Switzerland, Japan and China, where possible.
Study by: Project team WWWforEurope
Commissioned by: European Commission
Research group:Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition