According the latest Global Economic Prospects Report the world economy will strengthen in 2014. Much of the initial acceleration will reflect a pick-up in high income country growth, which after years of extreme weakness and outright recessions, appear to be finally emerging from the global financial crisis.
Good news for “third world” countries! Well, at least many of them.
I’m curious to know how long the terms “third world” and “developing world” will last, once more and more countries achieve what countries like South Korea has.
“Ever wonder what it would look like to plot every single geotagged tweet since 2009 on a map? Twitter has done just that…They use billions of geotagged tweets: Every dot represents a tweet, with the brighter colors showing a higher concentration of tweets.”
How do demographers figure out how many people live on Earth? Can they accurately calculate the number of people that have ever lived? You asked our data help desk these questions, and our open data whiz drew the answers in this video.
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I’ve been happy ever since the World Bank has made its database freely available online. It’s been a great resource for my own work—but especially so for my students.
As a country’s GDP per capita increases, how do internet penetration rates change?
Get the data from the World Development Indicators.
The problem is that anecdotal evidence often seems much more compelling than dry statistics. Man seems to have a tendency to impart information in the form of a story. … Official data are often flawed and need to be revised; we should always be on the lookout for rogue items that stand out from the general trend. But economic statistics are (generally) honest attempts to make sense of vast, complex systems. They offer a more robust view of the world than your brother-in-law or the story your neighbour heard at work.