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A Fiendishly Difficult Geo-Quiz

By Martin W. Lewis | April 6, 2013 | 10 Comments

After mapping a number of the indicators found in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, I realized that the results could make a particularly challenging geo-quiz. Many of the results seemed surprising to me, and as a result I am not sure if I would have done very well on the quiz.
At any rate, I have included …

Mapping the Cell Phone Revolution

By Martin W. Lewis | April 2, 2013 | 5 Comments

It is often noted that inexpensive cellular telephones have revolutionized communications across much of the world, especially in poor countries that lack landlines. Confirmation of this development is found in the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which features detailed data tables for 140 countries. According to the report, 80 countries have more mobile telephone subscriptions than …

Problems with Global Infrastructure Rankings

By Martin W. Lewis | September 26, 2011 | 6 Comments
World Economic Forum's Infrastructure Criteria

September 17th 2011 article in The Economist stresses the inadequacy of Colombia’s transportation system, arguing that poor roads hold back the country’s economic growth. As evidence of the severity of the problem, the author notes that in terms of overall infrastructure, Colombia comes out “79th of 139 countries’ networks ranked by the World Economic Forum.”

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