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The Nordic countries are inherently productive, due to small and stable populations, natural resources galore (per capita), superior social cohesion, few overseas obligations, peaceful history, stable governments, and the Protestant work ethic. It's better to look at the performance of countries over the long term, and see their movement when government policy changes.
Look again at the rankings. With the (debatable) exception of the last, the USA has none of those advantages, and yet comes second, moving up gradually since the 2001 tax cut. Meanwhile, the UK has been slipping downwards (13th, down from 4th in 1997), whilst taxes have increased. Ditto Germany, France, and Italy, who have all fallen with increased taxation, since these rankings began. Ergo, adopting practices more interventionist than ones competitors dulls the competitive edge, and harms macroeconomic health. That's the sort of message that an economist reads from these rankings. How anyone could find the opposite message is lost on me.
Whilst there's a topic on these rankings, I'd like to raise some UK-centric issues. The UK's ranking is entirely skewed by its retention of its #1 spot in the financial markets section. In the two rankings of public services, we're 73rd and 27th. What does that tell you about Gordon Brown's "economic miracle"?
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Last edited by Bastin; September 29th, 2005 at 16:32.