2018 International Innovation Scorecard
In our inaugural International Innovation Scorecard, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ identifies the critical areas of national policy that spur innovation, and reveals the areas in which countries may be stunting their own growth and preventing global innovation from blossoming to its full potential.
The International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. As with our U.S. Innovation Scorecard — now in its fourth year of grading all 50 U.S. states — the International Innovation Scorecard gauges countries’ policies on a host of critical issues. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.
We also evaluated countries from a uniquely American perspective in areas we believe have contributed immensely and remain essential to the United States’ global leadership in innovation: diversity, the ratio of female-to-male employees in the workplace in key age demographics, immigrants as a share of the national population, and freedom of thought and expression.