Category Archives: Brazil

Capitalism Did Not Win the Cold War

This article first appeared at Foreign Affairs. Why cronyism was the real victor. When the Soviet Union collapsed 26 years ago, it was generally agreed that the West had won the Cold War. This was affirmed by the prosperity and … Continue reading

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Rise of the Rest: A Vision Deferred

Changing demographics and the commodities crash have slowed down the development of poorer countries. Perhaps it all started with a turn in China’s demographics. Demand growth for commodities has declined sharply from recent years and has resulted in a crash of global prices. Copper is … Continue reading

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Working Age Population Around the World 1960-2050

A fast growing economy usually requires a growing working-age population.  It is informative in this regard to look at the size of the working-age population (wap) for different regions and countries of the world. This data, compiled from the UN’s World … Continue reading

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The BRIC and I

The growth prospects of Brazil, Russia and China are dimming, while those of India are flaring. If one is a lonely number, then ‘I’ could be a lonely letter, at least when it comes to the ‘I’ of the BRIC countries. … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Europe, European Union, India, Japan, Russia, United States

Demography Charts – 1

13 November 2014 Below are charts of country and regional dependency ratios. First some definitions: The total dependency ratio is the ratio of the population aged 0-14 and 65+ to the population aged 15-64. They are presented as number of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, Sub-Saharan, United States, US Economy

African Union, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa

“Almost 60 percent of the arable land in the [African] continent is still not utilized.” From FAO.ORG: Addis Ababa, November 21, 2012 –The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Brazil, Emerging Markets, Food, Sub-Saharan, United Nations

Why Is Brazil the New America? Hint: Water

Brazil is the world’s superpower of water, writes JAMES DALE DAVIDSON in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: If you would like to get a firsthand peek at the bright future of Brazil, but you don’t have $7,500 for a business-class fare … Continue reading

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