The Growth and Development Bridge Index

A New Index Is Born!

The GDB team of economists has developed the GDB Index which can be used to benchmark and rate countries according to their economic fundamentals, to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and to analyse their economic prospects. The GDB Index is derived from a solid model built on the findings of the vast literature on economic growth and development. The model has 38 measurable variables included in four categories of economic fundamentals (or economic pillars): 1) capacity and resources; 2) infrastructure and institutional framework; 3) macroeconomic framework; 4) structural and global integration factors. The GDB divides the world into five groups, based on their per capita GDP and GDP growth rates.

The 2010 GDB Index Rankings

The striking fact from the global rankings of the 2010 GDB Index is the top position of two Asian economies, Hong Kong and Singapore. The ranking of countries which follow these two leading economies is less surprising, as the Netherlands and Switzerland are placed in third and fourth positions, the United States in fifth position, followed by the four Nordic countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The strong representation of Asian countries in the ranking is noteworthy, as besides the two Asian leading economies, other Asian economies are also well placed. The Republic of Korea is holding the 10th position and Japan, the 18th. China, ranked in the 25th position, is well ahead of a number of high-income countries, while Malaysia and Thailand are also well placed, holding respectively the 33rd and 42nd position. India somehow is lagging behind, being ranked 54th. The first Latin American countries in the global ranking are Panama, Suriname, Chile and Brazil, occupying respectively the 41st, 46th, 49th and 52nd position. At the bottom of the list, we sadly find most of the African countries. Equatorial Guinea, despite the high level of its per capita GDP (nearly 20000 US$), is in the bottom list, just before four other low-income countries.

Index building has become a very popular tool to benchmark countries on different records. Countries have been ranked according to their competitiveness, or according to their human development indicators, or according to their corruption records, etc. But no index has yet been developed to gauge the quality of countries’ economic fundamentals. The Growth and Development Bridge (GDB) Index has been created to fill this gap.

GDB Index benchmarking is a tool to be used by policy makers for measuring performance and identifying potential for improvement, and by investors for making informed decisions on investment allocations and risk mitigation.

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2010 Top 25 ranks

Country Rank Score
Hong Kong, China 1 0.631447
Singapore 2 0.5889286
Netherlands 3 0.515425
Switzerland 4 0.5018929
United States 5 0.4871152
Norway 6 0.4851121
Denmark 7 0.4665922
Sweden 8 0.4567912
Finland 9 0.4460537
Korea, Rep. 10 0.4382369
Ireland 11 0.4324097
Luxembourg 12 0.4227912
Germany 13 0.4190357
Belgium 14 0.4022478
Canada 15 0.3983661
Australia 16 0.3982408
United Kingdom 17 0.3930691
Japan 18 0.3904902
Spain 19 0.3876414
Kuwait 20 0.3800776
France 21 0.377015
Brunei Darussalam 22 0.3627484
Austria 23 0.3621858
Israel 24 0.3585244
China 25 0.3560882

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"Growth and Development Bridge" is a network of senior economic consultants with a rich experience and proven expertise in the field of development in emerging markets. We offer a range of research and advisory services related to different sectors of the economy. Our objective is to provide to a diversified group of clients, in the public and private sector, an independent and accurate analysis, as well as an un-biased assessment and advice on issues and challenges of importance for decision making on economic policies or investment strategies. Our goal is to contribute to long-term and stable economic development in developing countries.