The World’s Smartest Countries

By Kai L. Chan – in INSEAD Knowledge.

The Intelligence Capital Index (ICI) is created to measure which nations are most likely to foster the big ideas of tomorrow. In that sense, the ICI can be thought of as a ranking of the world’s smartest countries – with a twist.

In contrast to alternative measures of human capital and talent, the ICI has several distinguishing features:

1. It considers education outcomes both in terms of quantity and quality, while emphasizing quality.
2. It measures cognitive skills at different stages of the human life cycle, again with an emphasis on top (elite) performance.
3. It includes migration as an important external channel for countries to acquire and develop human capital.


Povl Tiedemann
July 2017


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