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Title: Economic, social and environmental dimension of sustainable competitiveness of European countries
Authors: Despotović, Danijela
Cvetanović A.
Nedić, Vladimir
Despotović M.
Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2016
Abstract: © 2015 University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Over the last decade, promotion of competitiveness represents one of the central goals of economic policy of most of the countries. Moreover, in recent years, the promotion of competitiveness has been seen as a way of achieving desirable changes in economy and society. While there is no unity of views in the theory regarding the conceptual definition of the phenomenon of competitiveness, it is becoming less arguable that in strictly economic terms, competitiveness is a synonym for productivity. However, it should be noted that productivity growth that is accompanied by increasing social imbalance (for example, inequality in income distribution), on the one hand, and environmental pollution, on the other hand, cannot be a guarantee of improving the competitiveness of countries in the long run. Acknowledging precisely this fact and using the data from World Economic Forum on Global Competitiveness 2013, this paper elaborates on the phenomenon of sustainable competitiveness and tests the hypothesis about the positive impact of its social and environmental dimension on the economic dimension of sustainable competitiveness that is represented by the value of the Global Competitiveness Index. The survey of 34 countries confirmed the indisputable positive impact of the social dimension of sustainability, but also variable direction of the impact of the environmental dimension of sustainability (depending on the level of GDP per capita) on the economic dimension of sustainable competitiveness of European countries in 2013.
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1085370
ISSN: 09640568
SCOPUS: 84946426620
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Economics, Kragujevac
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