Archive for the ‘Global – Socioeconomic’ Category

Low Taxes in the US Causing Income Inequality to be High

November 21, 2014

The United States has the highest income inequality among comparable nations. The left-side graph depicts the US as having a favorable Gini coefficient (a measure of income inequality) without taxes. After taxes and government transfers are factored in, the US becomes highly unequal. One of the reasons for this trend is that, although the US uses progressive taxation, the tax rates are significantly lower than the international standard and social welfare programs are also much less generous.

–From The New York Times


Hong Kong’s GDP as a Percentage of Mainland China Greatly Diminished

September 29, 2014

In 1997, Hong Kong’s GDP as a percentage of the Mainland Chinese GDP was 18%, but has decreased fifteen percent over the past fifteen years, to 3% today.


Countries That Have Declared Independence from the United Kingdom

September 17, 2014

Scotland votes on whether to secede from the United Kingdom tomorrow and, if they do leave, they will join a vast array of former UK nations, starting with the United States in 1776 and continuing for hundreds of years and on every continent.

–from GlobalPost

American Middle Class Now Poorer than Canadian Counterparts

April 23, 2014

US Middle Income

The Canadian median per capita income is up nearly 20% since 2000 and has recently passed the US. However, the US still has the second highest and is expected to remain so for some time.

–from The New York Times

MIST Economies to Overtake BRIC in the Next Four Years

January 31, 2014


Americans Feel US Power in Decline

December 5, 2013

According to the latest Pew polling, 53% of Americans feel the US is less important and powerful than it was 10 years ago. This is 12% higher than 2009 and more than doubled compared to 2004.

–from Pew Research

Americans Have Highest Disposable Income in OECD

November 8, 2013

A new OECD study out today shows that Americans have the highest disposable income, but have a below (OECD) average life span, and twice the percentage of people who work over 50 hours a week compared to Canada.

–from The Atlantic and the OECD

Global Population Shifts in the Next Century

July 16, 2013


Over the next 100 years the Earth’s population distribution is set to change radically, with China declining after 2030 and Nigeria, with the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, skyrocketing. Click through for an extensive collection of additional graphs.

–from The Washington Post with data from the UN

Nigeria Predicted to Have more People than USA in 2050

June 26, 2013


The United States is expected to become the 4th most populous country in the world, behind China, India, and Nigeria, by 2050. In addition, India is predicted to outgrow China.

–from The Economist

China’s Air Pollution Problems

January 14, 2013

WSJ with very concerning graphic and article about air pollution spikes in Beijing.