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Brazil climbs four places in the Global Innovation Index1

  • Between 2019 and 2020, Brazil climbed from 66th to 62nd in the list of 100 countries ranked by the Global Innovation Index2, remaining far below its global position as an economy
  • Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA top the list. China is in 14th, Russia 47th, India 48th, and South Africa 60th
  • In Latin America, Brazil is behind Chile (54th), Mexico (55th), and Costa Rica (56th). It is ahead of Colombia (68th), Uruguay (69th), Panama (73rd), Peru (76th), and Argentina (80th)

Performance differs by pillar

  • Brazil performed best relative to its national average in the pillars of Business Sophistication and Human Capital & Research (right)
  • Results were lowest in Institutions, Market Sophistication, and Creative Outputs. Infrastructure and Knowledge & Technology Outputs were close to the national average

  • The best performing indicators relate to knowledge production, communication, and absorption, including intellectual property, scientific publications, and university rankings (above). The exception is domestic market scale, which tops the list, and is the only economic indicator in which Brazil performed well
  • The worst performers were economic and institutional, including investment, ease of starting a business, tariffs, political and regulatory environments, and labor productivity

Notes (1) Global Innovation Index. SC Johnson College of Business/Cornell, INSEAD/Paris and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) is part of the expanded group of coeditors.  (2) 129 countries were analyzed in 2019, and 131 in 2020. The index and scores are presented for all countries, with the rank for each pillar and sub-pillar.  (3)  The difference column is the difference between Brazil’s overall rank (62) and its rank for the pillar/indicator. Positive values indicate how many positions the pillar/indicator is above the overall rank for the country; negative values indicate how many below.

SOURCES  Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO (2020). The Global Innovation Index 2020: Who Will Finance Innovation? Ithaca, Fontainebleau, Geneva. Produced by the Studies and Indicators Team/DPCTA, FAPESP