The Revolt of the Creative Class – The Atlantic

Not all countries collect and report data on their creative class and other workforce categories. These figures are lacking for Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, and Kuwait in the Middle East, as well as several dozen other countries in the rest of the world. So I also use another closely related measure that is more systematically available for a larger group of nations — the level of human capital — the percentage of the young adults engaged in post-secondary or “tertiary” education. This measure is closely related to creative class workforce #with a substantial statistical correlation of .75#.

The map above shows the human capital levels for the Middle East and the world. The top ranked nations on this measure — Korea, Finland, the US, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, and, perhaps surprisingly, Greece — have more than 75 percent of their young adults enrolled in tertiary education. For advanced nations like the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Japan the figure is 55 to 60 percent. Israel is the highest ranked Middle Eastern nation on this measure #57%#. But several other Middle Eastern nations are also quite high, notably Libya #53%# and Lebanon #49%#. Tertiary enrollment levels are higher in the West Bank #38%# and Jordan #35%# than they are in Hong Kong #34%#. And tertiary enrollment levels are above 25% in Bahrain #31%#, Egypt #29%#, Tunisia #28%#, and Saudi Arabia #27%#. Tertiary enrollment in Iran #24%# and the UAE #23%# are roughly the same as Brazil #23%#.

Typically, creative class and human capital levels are very closely associated with economic development. Nations with substantial creative class shares and levels of high human capital tend to be among the richest in the world. But for many Middle East nations, the standard of living is lower than their creative class and human capital levels would seem to warrant. This gap is a signal of unrealized economic potential…

putemThe Revolt of the Creative Class – Richard Florida – International – The Atlantic.

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