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Ooh, Data!

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One of my colleagues at Patterson threw this together for a presentation to his Economic Statecraft class:

GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2005 international $)
1990 2008 Percent change, 1990-2008 Avg. Annual Pct. Chg, 1991-2008
Armenia 2,936 5,611 91.1% 3.7%
Azerbaijan 4,754 8,102 70.4% 3.0%
Belarus 6,434 11,333 76.1% 3.2%
Estonia 10,147 18,885 86.1% 3.5%
Georgia 5,398 4,526 -16.2% -1.0%
Kazakhstan 7,089 10,458 47.5% 2.2%
Kyrgyz Republic 2,505 2,023 -19.3% -1.2%
Latvia 9,464 14,639 54.7% 2.5%
Lithuania 11,879 16,399 38.0% 1.8%
Moldova 3,882 2,704 -30.3% -2.0%
Russian Federation 12,630 14,706 16.4% 0.8%
Tajikistan 3,064 1,761 -42.5% -3.0%
Turkmenistan 3,749 6,119 63.2% 2.8%
Ukraine 8,063 6,721 -16.6% -1.0%
Uzbekistan 2,002 2,455 22.6% 1.1%
Former Soviet Union 9,446 10,618 12.4% 0.7%
Poland 8,164 16,388 100.7% 3.9%
Romania 7,851 11,761 49.8% 2.3%
Hungary 12,394 18,040 45.6% 2.1%
Bulgaria 7,536 11,259 49.4% 2.3%
Mongolia 2,332 3,297 41.3% 1.9%

The data lead to questions:

This data suggests some countries are much better off than they were in 1990, some much worse off.

1. Do these numbers feel right to you, given your knowledge of home country, and neighboring countries?

2. Assuming the numbers are correct, do you have any hypotheses about why the results are so varied?

Thoughts?

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