March 2017

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Moving Up the Ladder

In a society with high social mobility across generations, people can reasonably expect to advance beyond their parents’ or grandparents’ income cohort or socio-economic status. We wonder: Which of the following countries is estimated to have the highest social mobility from one generation to the next?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. Canada
E. Denmark
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Where the United States Exports

Donald Trump is adamantly pursuing a strategy focused on economic nationalism. He proclaims that foreign countries “continue putting up barriers in front of our exports” and that it is “very hard to export to their countries.” We wonder: Among the four major countries below, can you name the one country that does not rank as one of top three export markets for U.S. goods?

A. China
B. Mexico
C. Canada
D. Germany

A. China is … not correct.
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Cooking the Books to the Top?

The world’s largest car companies all seem to chase what they regard as the Golden Goose – holding the title of the world’s largest car manufacturer. No surprise that global car sales in 2016, at 88.1 million, set a new record. We wonder: Which company is the largest automaker in the world?

A. Volkswagen
B. Toyota
C. General Motors
D. Renault-Nissan Alliance
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A Fair Share of NATO

U.S. President Donald Trump has said NATO countries must “pay their fair share” – i.e. fulfill their 2014 pledge of 2% of GDP toward defense from each member by 2024. Otherwise, as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has told European leaders, America may “moderate its commitment to the alliance.” We wonder: How many of NATO’s 28 member countries are already within reach of the 2% target for defense?

A. One
B. Three
C. Six
D. Nineteen
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