International Comparisons is the most comprehensive and up-to-date research site on advanced democracies. We provide objective information for academics, students, journalists and others on international quality of life indicators. Over the past decade we have developed the following features:
- Hundreds of quantitative and qualitative statistics on 33 category pages
- Easy to use, with a consistent interface and format
- Statistics in table format and graphs available for every quantitative statistic
- Extensive notes and links to complement and substantiate the data
- Show how international comparisons work, and should work, with evaluative statistics and information
The General Performance page has indexes that include several different areas of evaluation and necessarily reflect value judgements in which indexes are chosen and how they are weighted in relation to each other. As a result, a country high on one general index might low on another.
The United States ranks as the fifth most competitive economy in the index and has made recent improvements along with other countries in its current accounts balance.
The United States ranks third in the overall global competitive score. Its performance varies on the indices that make up the score, doing relatively well with some indicators but lagging in corporate and government R&D and innovation. The U.S. has also shown the least improvement over the last 10 years among countries reviewed here.
The United States’ economic performance compared to other countries is strong in terms of GDP per capita as one might would guess; however, tax revenue as a percent of GDP is much lower in relation to the other countries studied.
As the expansion of technology has come to imply more opportunities for education, the United States, a presumed leader, has surprisingly fallen behind in two key international statistics: internet users and broadband subscribers per 100 persons.
This page compares agricultural land use, nitrogen balance, and sustainable agriculture practices such as organic land use and pesticide usages. The U.S.’ organic versus transgenic farming land use is disconcerting.
Each country is compared in a breakdown of statistics of its use of fossil fuels and renewable energies.
Norway and Sweden prevail as the most committed and the United States ranks near last in all 3 indices among the countries studied.
The carbon intensity of growth is often used as the primary indicator of each country’s ability to curb greenhouse gases. The United States, Canada, and Norway have the highest carbon dioxide emissions per capita.
The United States consumes nearly five times as much gasoline and drives nearly twice as far as other advanced democracies while charging the least amount for gasoline.
An essential reason for the United States’ poor health status is their reluctance to regulate their chemical production with the precautionary principle.
The United States, according to the Commitment to Development Index, compares fairly poorly in comparison to other developed countries and has the third lowest percent of Gross National Income dedicated to aid among the twelve countries in this study.
The United States’ number of nuclear warheads and military expenditures as a percent of total government expenditures are the most intriguing statistics on this page.
Rule of Law
The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences.
The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences. Other indices have also been added in which Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands also often lead.
According to this survey of international treaties, the United States has failed to multilaterally negotiate and domestically implement some of the most integral international conventions and treaties.