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Most analysts frame a nation’s progress in terms of GDP or overall debt. But people are at the heart of every country, and from the poorest to the wealthiest nation, human capital is the true driver of a country’s economic standing in the world. This World Economic Forum report provides an interesting glimpse at education, health and other aspects of human capital on a country-by-country basis. It identifies the nations and regions that are moving forward in the race to advance their human capital and those that are falling behind. getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone interested in an alternative approach to evaluating the global economic landscape.

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The World Economic Forum is an independent global organization that engages leaders of business, politics, academia and society to improve the state of the world.



A country’s human capital – its people’s skills, abilities and well-being – is a critical component of its long-term economic success. The World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Index gauges the human capital of 122 countries using four pillars:

  1. “Education” – The index measures educational access, quality and achievement across all levels of schooling for both present and future workers.
  2. “Health and wellness” – These health indicators capture levels of longevity and infant mortality, as well as disease, obesity and mental health...

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