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elderly tailor The United States averages 23 years of expected human capital, measured as the number of years a person can be expected to work in the years of peak productivity. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are some lists where you want to be in first place, and some where you don’t. When it comes to ranking human capital, the United States is definitely going in the wrong direction—from 6th place down to 27th. China on the other hand, is going the other way, having risen from 69th to 44th place.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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