October 2008

Piling on Debt

Despite the strength of the center-right in many governments of the G7 countries, the 21st century so far has not been a period notable for budgetary discipline. We wonder: Which of these major economies has had the biggest percentage increase in its national debt since 2000?

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Fasten Your Seat Belts

With gasoline prices high and airplane tickets becoming ever more costly, nations around the world are asking themselves about the best ways to address their transportation needs. One promising option concerns high-speed trains. We wonder: Which nation has the largest high-speed rail network?

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Where the Growth Is

As the turmoil in the U.S. banking and credit sectors has spread to Europe and beyond, the outlook for global economic growth is becoming increasingly bleak. Indeed, there are now worries about a global recession, if not worse. So, we wonder: By how much is the world economy forecast to grow in 2008?

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Who’s Running Out First?

Despite advances in alternative energy technologies, oil overwhelmingly remains the world's primary fuel. We wonder: Which of the following countries will deplete its oil reserves first?

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