Fact Tank Apr. 25, 2014

Chart of the Week: U.S. middle class no longer the world’s richest

A New York Times chart illustrates disparities in income growth between the U.S. and other advanced economies.

Global Mar. 31, 2014

Indians Dissatisfied with Their Country’s Direction

Indians are troubled by corruption and economic problems, but hopeful for India’s future. They hold generally positive views of the U.S., but are divided in their opinions of China and deeply wary of Pakistan.

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Feb. 20, 2014

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012

Track the flow of remittances—the money that many migrants send back to families in their countries of origin—related to patterns of global migration with this interactive map.

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Global Feb. 13, 2014

Interactive: Technology Use and National Income

Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed.

Fact Tank Jan. 23, 2014

World Economic Forum survey identifies top 10 global risks for 2014

The World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos this week, and as part of the agenda, the international organization released its annual Global Risks for 2014 survey to help identify potential pitfalls for the global economy in the year ahead. The survey of more than 700 representatives of the Forum’s global networks asks respondents to identify […]

Dec. 17, 2013

Changing Global Migration Patterns

More international migrants now live in high-income countries such as the U.S. and Germany, while more were born in middle-income nations such as India and Mexico. Migrants’ annual remittances have nearly tripled since 2000 to more than $500 billion.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2013

Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world

Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Experts rank the top 10 global trends

A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks the 10 most important global trends, based on a poll of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and non-profits. Here are some data points that compare and contrast the public’s views around the world with the trends identified by the experts. 1. Rising societal tensions in the Middle […]

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2013

While focus on foreign problems lessens, U.S. public keeps its eye on China

While the American public increasingly has been looking inward after years of economic stress at home and a decade of wars abroad, they have a keen awareness of the challenges posed to the U.S. by China in the superpower competition between the two countries.

Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

Chart of the Week: The literacy-productivity connection

For both individuals and nations, greater literacy is linked to greater income.