Tuesday, February 26, 2013

OECD Stat of the week - Fertility

From: http://www.oecd.org/statistics/statistics2013attheoecd.htm

Together with mortality and migration, fertility is an element of population growth which reflects both the causes and effects of economic and social development. Total fertility rates in OECD countries have fallen dramatically over the last few decades, declining for the OECD average from 2.76 in 1970 to 1.74 children per woman of childbearing age in 2010.The total fertility rate is below its replacement level of 2.1 in nearly all OECD countries with the exception of Iceland, Israel and New Zealand. This trend is also see in the major non-OECD economies with Brazil, China and the Russian Federation having total fertility rates below the replacement level while India, Indonesia and South Africa remain above - however all these countries have recorded falling rates over the last few decades.
Total fertility rates
Number of children born to woman aged 15 to 49

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Economist - Can we increase mobility by reducing inequality?

The Economist
As the rungs of the mobility ladder grow further apart, it gets harder for people to climb up (or move down). Conversely, countries with institutions that promote a level playing field, and redistribute income or opportunity, may also promote mobility http://econ.st/12gy9yy
Can we increase mobility by reducing inequality?www.economist.com
The work by Gregory Clark and his co-authors on “long-term immobility”—captured by how elite surnames in one generation are still over-represented among the rich many generations down the line—makes for depressing reading.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

World Development Indicators - Google Public Data Explorer

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