Competitiveness, Growth and Crisis

10  March 2014    12:30 pm CET

10 to 14 March 2014


Joint Vienna Institute (JVI), Mariahilfer Strasse 97, 1060 Vienna


This one-week course addresses issues related to the various facts of competitiveness and indicators to measure it. Competitiveness is considered as a broad concept encompassing various levels of analysis at the country, industry and firm level. The competitiveness indicators considered range from simple productivity analysis at the firm and industry level to indicators measuring a country’s external competitiveness. The importance of inter-industry and global production linkages is highlighted and the relevance of framework conditions shaping a country’s performance, such as educational systems, institutions and innovation systems, are discussed. This also includes e.g. indicators of institutional competitiveness and monetary policies determining nominal and real exchange rates. Competitiveness rankings regularly published by various international institutions are reviewed.

Target group
Junior- to mid-level officials from central banks and government agencies from non-EU countries who are involved in the collection, compilation, and analysis of competitiveness indicators. Participants should have a degree in economics, statistics or equivalent experience. Proficiency in the use of spreadsheets and knowledge of statistical programmes is welcome.