Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

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    Olympic Predictions

    Jul 25, 12 • 296 Views • No Comments

    If you want to predict Olympic medal winners, you might look at economic data. A report on the Olympics from Goldman Sachs suggests that nations with a superior economic growth environment will increase their share of Olympic gold medals in London....  [read more]

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    Understanding Germany

    Jun 28, 12 • 274 Views • No Comments

    Are Germans thinking, “We did it and now it’s your turn?” Ten years ago, Germany’s unemployment rate averaged more than 9% and economic growth was close to zero. Jobless workers, depending on their family status, were receiving 60-67%...  [read more]

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    Tricky Oil Questions

    Jun 17, 12 • 294 Views • No Comments

    1. Asked to list the world’s biggest oil consumers, most of us would be correct if we started with the US and China. With the US at 20.5% and China, 11.4% for 2011, we are almost at one-third of world consumption. 2. But then, it gets a bit tricky....  [read more]

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    The European Union “Family”

    Jun 2, 12 • 270 Views • No Comments

    The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as the “black sheep,”...  [read more]

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    Bogeys, Birdies and the Eurozone

    Jun 1, 12 • 293 Views • No Comments

    Analyzing more than 1.6 million putts, including Tiger Woods, 2 University of Pennsylvania economists concluded that professional golfers putt better when avoiding a bogey (a stroke over par) than when trying for a birdie (a stroke under par). The reason? Our...  [read more]