Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2014

6 facts about Japan’s downbeat economy

The world’s third largest economy faces long-term challenges, including pessimistic forecasts from the Japanese public, the hollowing out of Japan’s working-age population and nation’s exorbitant public debt.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2014

Unrest in the Middle East taking a toll on people’s outlooks

The pervasive conflicts that have gripped the Middle East over recent years have also taken a serious toll on the outlook of people across the region.

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2014

With 41% of global wealth in the hands of less than 1%, elites and citizens agree inequality is a top priority

People with a net worth of more than $1 million represent just 0.7% of the global population, but they have 41% of the world’s wealth. Meanwhile, those with a net worth of less than $10,000 represent 69% of the population, but just 3% of global wealth.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

At APEC: Americans, Japanese are most skeptical that trade leads to more jobs

The Japanese (69%) and Americans (68%) are among the least convinced in APEC countries that trade is good for their nation. They are also far less convinced – Americans 20%, Japanese 15% – that international commerce generates jobs.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2014

East Germans now as satisfied with life as West Germans

Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans are now as satisfied with life as West Germans.

Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

When it comes to happiness, money matters

The different direction of economic fortunes since the Great Recession has had a major impact on life satisfaction in countries around the world.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

Consumer sentiment in U.S. and Europe diverging, along with their economic outlooks

Consumer confidence is rising in the U.S., reflecting its continued modest growth. But confidence has taken a tumble in Europe, which is still struggling to achieve significant, sustainable growth.

Fact Tank Oct. 10, 2014

China’s government may be communist, but its people embrace capitalism

China’s incredible economic expansion has led the Chinese to be overwhelmingly happy with their economic situation and optimistic about their future, but there are underlying complaints about inflation, inequality and corruption.

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Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Opportunity Quiz

How do you get ahead in life? By having a good education? Knowing the right people? What about just being lucky? Take our 7-question global opportunity quiz to rank these and other attributes in terms of their importance to success in life.

Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Views on Opportunity and Inequality

Publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation, while emerging and developing nations are more optimistic.