Developed, Emerging and Developing Economies

Developed, Emerging and Developing Economies

Growth rate of BRIC + UK economies since the year 2000 via Google Public data – check out the link to explore more!

Developed, Emerging and Developing Economies, figure 1

How do we decide if a country is a MEDC or a LEDC? What kind of indicators do we judge it on?

  1. GDP per capita (divides GDP by population – i.e. average income per person).

2.__ Literacy__ rates.

3.__ Health__ – Birth rate, Death rate & Infant mortality rates.

  1. HDI (Human Development Index – how has this index changed over time?) – looks at average incomes, life expectancy and literacy rates to calculate a coefficient.

  2. Number of days to set up a new business (bureaucracy).

  3. Number of mobiles phones per 100 people.

7.__ Internet access__ as % of population.

Compare the mean/median incomes of developed and developing economies. What is the trend? What has been happening with the median income in the UK post GFC years?

Incomes in MEDCs and emerging economies have been improving over the last few decades as the benefits of globalization are reaped. Median income in the UK in the post GFC years has actually dropped as ‘real incomes’ decline – inflation is rising faster than peoples wages meaning that people are actually worse off in the post GFC years (a big issue in politics and thus the rise of Jeremy Corbyn).

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Evaluate the usefulness of mean/median income as indicators of development. Why might it be useful? Why might it be misleading? E.g. Saudi Arabia.

Why might it be useful?_ _Indicates standard of living/income distribution.

Why might it be misleading?_ _Inequality – high outliers in the likes of oil rich Saudi Arabia actually mean that the mean is higher than the median income – thus the median income is a more realistic insight into a country’s development.