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State Competitiveness - How is California Doing?

State competitiveness comparison by 42 key metrics researched by Beacon Hill Institute

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Looking at a state's elements of advantage and disadvantage can give leaders in both the private and public arenas insights into what can be done better -- and where opportunity resides. AND where there might be models of success that can be replicated and advanced. Sustainability strategy can be intuited from such broad overviews of performance. The Beacon Hill Institute provides a wonderful set of comparative charts for each well as summaries by category of indicators.

Key Metrics for Sustainability of Community and Business

The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) competitiveness index is based on a broad set of 42 indicators divided into eight subindexes:
  • government and fiscal policy
  • security
  • infrastructure
  • human resources
  • technology
  • business incubation
  • openness
  • environmental policy

Broad View Competitiveness of the BHI Index

This broad view distinguishes the BHI index from more narrowly focused measures of competitiveness that target just one dimension such as taxation, or high tech, or economic freedoms.

The BHI index forces policymakers to consider what really matters to the health of a state's economy: the productivity of its firms. "In contrast to recent overblown reports of job losses in Massachusetts, the BHI competitiveness index shows that the Commonwealth has important long-run strengths," said Senior Economist, Jonathan Haughton. "These continue to translate into higher real levels of per capita income. We find that if a state has an extra point in the index, its personal income will be higher by $1,163 per person per year."

The latest report is available at BHI releases its annual rankings of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States in February.

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California's Key Metrics and Ranking Among States

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