April 2010

Carbon-Intensive Economies

All other things being equal, nations with larger populations will have higher CO2 emissions. One measure that makes environmental pollution more comparable is carbon intensity, which puts a country’s emissions in relation to the size of its economy. We wonder: Which major economy releases the most CO2 per $1,000 of economic activity?

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Mind the Pay Gap

Achieving equal rights for men and women remains a considerable task around the world. And while there has been considerable progress on various fronts, even in the developed world the issue of equal pay remains a contentious one. We wonder: Which of these countries has the largest gap between the pay of women and men?

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The U.S. Share of the World Economy

For the foreseeable future, the United States will continue to be the world's largest economy. But when it comes to assessing just what percentage of the global economy the United States accounts for, one encounters all sorts of seemingly contradictory numbers. We wonder: What share of world GDP does the United States actually generate?

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Women on Board

The boardrooms of corporations are where a lot of the big, long-term decisions are made about companies' — and countries' — futures. We wonder: Which of these countries leads the way when it comes to the share of corporate board members that are women?

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