September 2009

China’s Global Size

As the People's Republic of China celebrates its 60th anniversary, the country has become a veritable economic juggernaut, powering ahead and constantly moving up in global rankings. With all the numbers constantly being tossed about, we wonder: What percentage of the global economy does China actually account for (when adjusted for purchasing power)?

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Fall From Glory

Thanks to rapid globalization and the IT boom, the last 20 years has been a very prosperous period for citizens in some of the world's richest economies. However, other industrialized countries have not fared as well. We wonder: Among the world’s rich economies, which one’s ranking has fallen the most since 1989 in terms of its per-capita income level?

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Bottled Water King

While hundreds of millions of people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, consumers in developed countries spend tens of billions of dollars each year on bottled water. However, given the global economic slowdown and environmental concerns, demand for bottled water is leveling off in many areas. We wonder: Which country consumes the most bottled water on a per person basis?

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