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Google making life easier August 28, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.
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More than 10 years ago I did some empirical work on telecommunications penetration, investment and GDP growth in developing countries. It was all very simple and not particularly academic. One theme was showing the correlation between telephone density and GDP per capita and hence the potential role of telecommunications for economic growth. The rationale being that investment in telecoms (leading to increased penetration) would generate growth because interaction costs would be reduced, market boundaries expanded, information flows increased and so on.

Now, google are testing a tool that would have made my work back then much easier and more funky. The tool is from Gapminder and below is snapshot of one of the graphs.

You can access the tool here. Note that you can seemlessly scroll between different years.

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1. Gapminder and developing countries « Telconomics - September 25, 2006

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