Until not so long ago, many of the countries now known as the emerging markets were the world's economic laggards. We wonder: Which of these categories is the only one where the emerging market economies do not yet account for more than a 50% global share?
According to the IMF, the world's per capita GDP, adjusted for purchasing power, is estimated at $11,400 (as of 2011). Which of these countries comes closest to the current average world income?
It is a well-known fact that the United States dominates global defense spending, accounting for 43% of the world total (as of 2010). But could it be true that the country accounts for a similar share of the value of the global stock market?
With India, China and other developing countries growing rapidly and becoming major players in the global economy, the last two decades have witnessed close to one billion people joining the global workforce. We wonder: How many women would be added to the world's labor force if the share of women who work equaled that of men?