Posts Tagged ‘developing nations’

  • Laos

    Laotian Investing

    Nov 14, 12 • 348 Views • No Comments

    Laos has a new stock market. Launched during January 2011, on its opening day, the Laotian Securities Exchange listed 2 state-owned businesses, a bank and a power company. News reports indicated that investor interest in their securities was considerable and......  [read more]

  • Beer and pretzels.

    Beer Economics

    Nov 8, 12 • 1006 Views • No Comments

    In China, 1/2 liter of beer costs 9 minutes of work. To calculate how many minutes of work it takes to buy beer in 150 countries, Swiss bank UBS researchers divided the median wage in that country by the price of 1/2 liter from a retailer. Their results?......  [read more]

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    What If More People Wore Eyeglasses?

    Jun 10, 12 • 469 Views • No Comments

    We could say that eyeglasses are like bookends when they relate to economic growth. Our story starts during the 13th century. Before the spread of eyeglasses, the work life of skilled craftsmen usually ended when they could no longer see close objects......  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    Cars and the Middle Class in Developing Nations

    May 26, 12 • 494 Views • No Comments

    What does it mean to be middle class? For a developing nation like China, income might be the key. If someone earns between $10 and $50 a day, then that person is middle class. Or perhaps you just need to be able to buy a tall macchiato at a Starbucks or a......  [read more]

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    Population Futures

    Feb 13, 12 • 536 Views • No Comments

    Imagine for a moment 3 groups of countries, each with a different population pyramid. The first has a huge bulge at the bottom, the second is wider in the middle and the third is relatively broad at top. If this represents the world in 2025, what can we......  [read more]