April 2017

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Sky-High Rents!

Housing costs vary widely. Likewise, definitions of what constitutes an “excessive” rent level vary, but it is still a major problem for many people. We wonder: In which of the following major countries does the greatest share of low-income people have to spend excessively on rent?

A. Germany
B. Poland
C. Spain
D. United States / United Kingdom
E. France
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Defense Contractors: Always Ready for More

Even though President Trump has proposed severe cutbacks for the U.S. government, he plans to further expand the size of and spending on the U.S. military. He has also called on NATO allies to do the same. That could translate into big sales for U.S. defense manufacturers. We wonder: What percentage of global arms sales generated by the top 100 defense companies is accounted for by U.S. firms?

A. 22%
B. 36%
C. 57%
D. 72%
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The EU After Brexit

Much of the international discussion about the ramifications of Brexit has focused on how leaving the European Union will change Britain. However, there will also be significant changes for the EU. We wonder: What will the net effect for the EU after the United Kingdom officially departs?

A. Economically, the UK leaving is akin to losing the 20 smallest EU economies.
B. In population terms, it’s like losing more than the 15 smallest EU members combined.
C. The EU would lose one of its most market-oriented economies.
D. The EU will lose one of its biggest contributors to favorable demographics.
E. The second-largest host country of EU migrants will be gone.
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Fiber-Optics: Spreading at Less Than Light-Speed

Fiber-optic high-speed internet transmits information as light pulses. It is a key tool for 21st century internet commerce and innovations like self-driving cars. We wonder: Which country is about to have the highest percentage of fiber-optic coverage among its broadband customers?

A. United States
B. Japan
C. Germany
D. South Africa
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