Growth in the global economy is hard to come by – and world trade is slowing down as well. The big question: What could be new sources of growth? Could women entrepreneurs be an economic force that could provide new growth dynamics? We wonder: Which of the following statements about women in the global economy are true?
A. Women entrepreneurs face barriers to financial services.
B. Pay equity for women could spur global growth.
C. Developing nations limit women’s participation in the economy.
The United States is the top seller of arms and weaponry to other nations. But the gap between the United States and the second-ranking nation is not as great as you might think. We wonder: Over the past five years, which nation was the world’s second-largest arms exporter?
In early August, U.S. President Barack Obama will host a summit of African leaders in Washington, D.C. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the state of Africa’s economy are correct?
A. Africa has more than half of the world’s fastest growing economies.
B. Foreign investment in Africa is at a record high.
C. External trade is booming, while internal trade is languishing.
D. Africa’s middle class is growing, but more slowly than the overall economy.
From news stories about a U.S. manufacturing renaissance to the official launch of negotiations for a new transatlantic trade deal in July 2013, there is renewed attention on U.S. exports. We wonder: Which of these nations is currently not one of the three largest markets for U.S. goods exports?
For many decades, the U.S. economy was the single most important economy in the world. It accounted for the largest share of world imports by far, making the rest of the global economy dependent on the economic health of the United States. It’s quite a different world now. We wonder: Which of the following statements is true?
In the United States, hopes for economic recovery are pinned in part on stronger export performance in the future. Indeed, robust trade relationships have been an economic boon to the United States and the world as a whole in the last several years. We wonder: Which of the following countries or world regions is the biggest destination for U.S. exports?
While international trade was the key engine of global economic growth for much of the last decade, the current deep recession has caused exports to decline virtually across the board. We wonder: Which country accounted for the largest share of the world’s total exports over the last decade?
There are about 50 countries in the world — home to roughly 1.3 billion people — whose populations are predominantly Muslim. We wonder: Which Muslim country had the highest volume of exports in 2006?