Achieving national wellbeing through promoting national competitiveness capacity

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Prof., Faculty of Management and Economics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Prof., Faculty of Management and Accounting, Farabi Campus, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran

3 Associate Prof., Faculty of Management and Economics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


One of the constant concerns of economists and public administration scientists has been the transition from different stages of development accompanied by justice and social welfare.  Success of governments in achieving this goal is interpreted as one of their power elements. In the present research, promoting national wellbeing is considered from the perspective of improvement of national competitiveness capacity attributes. Research methodology includes both descriptive and correlation analysis based on Structural Equation Modeling. Data was collected by means of documents and library studies from international sources. Research results indicated that providing national competitiveness capacity results in national wellbeing promotion. Meanwhile, promoting national competitiveness capacity with attributes such as "basic requirements", "efficiency enhancer" and "innovation and sophistication factors" paves the way for improvement of wellbeing in qualitative dimensions such as happiness, gender equality, etc. as well as quantitative dimensions such as health, education and research.


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