The IT Industry Competitiveness Index compares 66 countries on the extent to which they are capable of supporting a strong IT production sector. The Index and analysis as well as this site were created by the Economist Intelligence Unit for BSA.

See note about Index scoring and weights below

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About the Index

First published in 2007, the IT Industry Competitiveness Index consists of 26 indicators grouped into six categories. View the Country Table for all countries' overall and category scores in 2011. Scroll over the Interactive Map for detail on individual countries' performance in each category and indicator.

A full explanation of the Index methodology, along with a list of indicator definitions and data sources, can be found on the Methodology page.

Indicator categories and their weights

  • Overall business environment 10%
  • IT infrastructure 20%
  • Human capital 20%
  • Legal environment 10%
  • R&D environment 25%
  • Support for IT industry development 15%

Case Studies

A Technology Talent Crunch

A Technology Talent Crunch

The hunt for IT talent in western Europe is growing ever more difficult, according to Sage.
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The Payoffs and Perils of IT Industry Policy

The Payoffs and Perils of IT Industry Policy

Policymakers are widely credited with making South Korea an IT powerhouse and one of the world's... Read more


Fostering Innovation

Fostering Innovation

Which countries provide the most positive environments for innovation by IT producers? Can emerging markets compete with the US when it comes to supporting innovation?

Investment for the future: Benchmarking IT Industry Competitiveness 2011

Country Summaries and Downloads:

Brief summaries of selected countries' performance in the IT Industry Competitiveness Index can be accessed from the menu below.

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