Two countries with billion-plus populations. Two countries that, centuries ago, had by far the world's largest economies — and two countries that, for varying reasons, fell into a long economic slumber. So we wonder: A few decades into the process of economic reform, how does China's current standard of living, as measured by per capita income levels, compare to India's?
While advanced economies around the world pride themselves on having attained a high standard of living, including extensive employment rights and protections, there are dramatic differences among them when it comes to women's rights in the workplace. We wonder: In which developed country do women receive the longest maternity leave?
Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, is forecast to see its population grow at a remarkably high rate in the coming decades. We wonder: Which major region of the world will Nigeria overtake in population by 2100?
The 20th century, especially the second half, ushered in one of humanity's greatest achievements: unprecedented improvements in life expectancy at birth for the world's population. Despite unfortunate setbacks due to HIV/AIDS, SARS and virulent influenza viruses, gains in life expectancy are continuing into the 21st century. We wonder: How many months of life expectancy at birth is the world’s population gaining annually?