NEXT year China will overtake Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy. Its rapid ascent has led some to question whether China will follow in Japan’s footsteps, with the bursting of a massive bubble followed by years of decline. But China is still far poorer than Japan was at its peak, and thus has more room to improve productivity.
Who are the winners and losers? (via The Big Picture)
From the FT: Simple popups with summary economic statistics for each country. Not a very interesting or useful visualization (nothing visual; can’t easily compare countries)
A graphic of several countries’ population distribution. The related article points out that while many OECD countries are facing problems because of their aging population, many developing countries are dealing with the opposite. Uganda, for example has 70 percent of the population under 30.
A bit dated as these were prepared in the lead up to the Pittsburgh summit a few weeks ago. Worth passing on nonetheless.
A checklist of the G20′s April London Summit pledges and whether they’ve been fulfilled. Included some nice graphics on IMF and tax reforms.
G20 Stimulus and Fiscal Deficit map. Use the slider to look at the changes 2007-2010. Mouse over a country to view popup data details.
The FT takes a graphic look at a number of currency trends (dollar/euro, carry trade, commodity currencies, the renminbi, and a trade weighted exchange index). [the links on the below images all go to the same interactive tool]
What countries have improved the most since 1990? (it’s an index of life expectancy, literacy, education, and per capita GDP).
A map of foreign direct investment inflows, in percent of GDP. Somewhat oddly, you have to click on the different ratio ranges at the bottom to color the relevant countries – at a minimum, they should have included the option to see the whole map (all ranges) colored at once.
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