A key driving force of economic growth is the availability of a diverse and highly skilled pool of talent, allowing a country to make the most of its human capital.

The World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Report 2015 provides data for 124 economies across a range of indicators, including the number of graduates in the arts and humanities.

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Top of the ranking is the United States, with nearly 400,000 arts and humanities graduates every year – well over twice as many as Japan, in second place. The United Kingdom comes third, with Bangladesh in fourth place.

The data for this ranking is taken from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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Author: Paul Muggeridge is Head of Content at Formative Content. 

Image: Profile of students taking their seats for the diploma ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge. REUTERS/Brian Snyder