The 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report is published against the backdrop of the deepest global economic slowdown in generations. What began as a financial crisis in a handful of industrialized economies continues to spill over into the real economy, engendering massive contractions in consumer demand, rising unemployment, and mounting protectionist pressures worldwide. This year’s report features a total of 133 economies, thus providing the most comprehensive assessment of its kind. The report contains a detailed profile for each of the economies featured in the study as well as an extensive section of data tables with global rankings covering over 100 indicators. This report remains the flagship publication within the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Network, which produces a number of research studies that truly mirror the increased integration and complexity of the world economy.