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Egypt’s Steep Challenges

Egypt’s government hopes a round of painful economic restructuring will enable growth sufficient to shake off economic stagnation. But the problems may well be too severe to overcome with brief shock therapy. We wonder: Which of the following statements about Egypt’s economy are true?

A. About 30% of the population lives in extreme poverty
B. Budget spending on food and fuel subsidies is 30%
C. Inflation is 33%
D. Youth unemployment is 30%
E. All of the above
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Youth Bulges and Geopolitics

Between now and 2025, 600 million youth in the developing world will compete for just 200 million jobs. Much of this shortfall will occur in majority-Arab countries. Unemployed youths can easily turn into a risk to a nation’s and an entire region’s stability and security. We wonder: Which country in the Middle East/North Africa region has the lowest median age?

A. Yemen
B. Egypt
C. Syria
D. Palestine

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How the BRICs Age

It is a well-known fact that the populations of industrialized countries are aging rapidly. There is also talk of China’s population “getting old, before it gets rich.” We wonder: Which of the following emerging market countries is going to age the fastest between now and 2050?

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