Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Data and its uses - The UN Statistical Database

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)  now contains indicators that give a snapshot of economic globalization in the countries of the region. The indicators are available for every year dating back to 1990. Though limited to European countries, this statistical database does offer an interesting tool to assess countries' performance with the use of data. 

I tried a little bit of experimenting with the indicators (one can choose between a number of indicators for these countries) and this is what I could come out with

I. This indicates the growth rate in total trade of the UK and US. The slump in 2009 is not surprising.

II. This indicates the percentage growth rate of exports and imports of Spain, Switzerland and Sweden from 2006 to 2010.

III. This indicates the percentage of total trade to GDP in Finland, France, Georgia, Germany and Greece. France, surprisingly has the lowest figure in this. Is France more localised than the rest of Europe?

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