A competitiveness index for the regions of a country

Jorge Benzaquen, Luis Alfonso del Carpio, Luis Alberto Zegarra, Christian Alberto Valdivia

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This article, which forms part of a comprehensive research project on measuring the level of competitiveness, sets out a proposal for developing an index to measure the competitiveness of the regions of a country. The aim is to develop a new approach to competitiveness, by measuring how resources and capacities are managed in a given region of a country, to generate a sustained increase in business productivity and the well-being of its population. The following pillars of the competitiveness of regions are identified: (i) government and institutions; (ii) economic development; (iii) productive infrastructure; (iv) human capital; and (v) business efficiency. For each of these pillars, five factors and their variables are identified to measure the various aspects of regional competitiveness. These represent a second and third level of disaggregation that enhances the analysis that can be made using the results obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-84
Number of pages18
JournalCepal Review
Issue number102
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Business management
  • Competitiveness
  • Economic development
  • Governance
  • Human resources
  • Measurement
  • Productivity
  • Regional development


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