taiwan

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Visualizing Income Equality in Major World Economies

Years after a global crisis, the world’s largest economies are again growing, The New York Times reported over the weekend. Every major economy on earth is expanding at once, a synchronous wave of growth that is creating jobs, lifting fortunes and tempering fears of popular discontent. A tweet on the subject prompted a friend to respond with a question about whether income inequality has grown — and that in turn prompted...

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Charting Taiwan’s Sea of Scooters

Scooters at a Taipei intersection. Credit: Quatro Valvole/Wikimieda I’m in Taiwan this month to study Mandarin. During breaks, I’ll be posting occasionally about the island’s nation’s demographics, politics and (sticky) weather. One of the first things you’ll notice about the streets of Taiwan — other than the excellent food, sweet people and formidable humidity, of course — is the constant buzz of scooters. They are everywhere — and loud and perhaps...

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Charting Taiwan’s Low Birth Rate, Aging Population

I’m in Taiwan this month to study Mandarin. During breaks, I’ll be posting occasionally about the island’s nation’s demographics, politics and (sticky) weather. Like other East Asian democracies, such as South Korea and Japan, Taiwan has a rapidly aging population, posing demographic and economic challenges for policy makers. One reason for the age increase is that Taiwan has among the lowest birth rates in the world. These charts highlight the...

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