May 2014

Lucky Singles

The old cliché about death and taxes holds true around the world. However, there are significant variations in the size of the bite that governments take out of employees’ pay. We wonder: In which of these countries does the average single worker with no children pay the lowest percentage of income and social insurance taxes?

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Life Without Electricity

Over two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africans lack access to electricity. But how much electricity do people really need to live a modern lifestyle? The International Energy Agency defines “modern energy access” as having at least 100 kilowatt hours per year. We wonder: How long would it take the average American to burn through this much power?

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