The global financial crisis seemingly shifted economic power away from hard-hit Western countries such as the U.S. and Britain to cash-rich emerging economies such as India and China. But while the West is limping along today, economic power may shift back when growth resumes. Why? Among the nations of the world, developed countries still enjoy considerable advantages in fundamental economic competitiveness--whether based on the quality of their infrastructure and educational systems or the sophistication of their business laws and bureaucracy.
Source: Business Week
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