21 April 2008

Visualizing Economics!

I've been thinking a lot about economic convergence, or the Catch-Up Effect, where poorer countries have historically -- and potentially could in the future -- grow faster such that their GDP/capita converges with that of richer countries. Surprisingly difficult to find good visualizations about this phenomena, but here's one I found earlier from The Futurist... While surfing about, though, I ran across the Visualizing Economics site run by Catherine Mulbrandon, an interaction designer. Some quite cool stuff posted there to help us grok economic essentials at a glance. Just as one tasty example, check out this chart comparing geographic origins or share of global GDP...

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