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The United States has the highest income inequality among comparable nations. The left-side graph depicts the US as having a favorable Gini coefficient (a measure of income inequality) without taxes. After taxes and government transfers are factored in, the US becomes highly unequal. One of the reasons for this trend is that, although the US uses progressive taxation, the tax rates are significantly lower than the international standard and social welfare programs are also much less generous.
–From The New York Times
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A study, published by The Atlantic, suggests that the larger the age gap between a person and their spouse, the higher the chances that the marriage will end in divorce. As the figure suggests, if spouses have one year age gap they are 3% more likely to get divorced than individuals who are of the same age. If the age difference crosses twenty years, the couples are over 172% more likely to get divorced.
–From The Atlantic
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Quicken Loans released two new indices, the ‘Home Value Index’ and the ‘Home Price Index,’ as depicted in the graph above. These indices reveal that homeowners overvalue their homes in times of economic crisis. This can be seen in the graph where home values are significantly overstated by homeowners during the 2008-09 financial crisis. The opposite effect is seen when the market is rebounding: homeowners tend to undervalue their homes.
–From Quicken Loans Press Room
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Young Americans are very interested in educational spending compared to older Americans, at 24% and 5%, respectively. Job creation spending is of even, and high, interest across all working-age Americans.
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Upending the conventional wisdom on ticket buying, Sunday is now the cheapest day to purchase plane tickets, with an average of $432, compared to Tuesday’s $497. Tuesdays still have the most frequent price drops, although their average is higher.
–from The Wall Street Journal
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Wealthy high school graduates make similar incomes to poor college graduates. Nearly the same amount of rich dropouts stay in the top income quintile as poor graduates stay in the bottom (14% vs. 16%). Cumulative advantage (or disadvantage) is still noticeably present for the wealthy, even those who academically strive the least.
–from The Washington Post
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These circles represent the major causes of death in England with the circle size corresponding to the number of people. Click through for an interactive version.
–from the UK’s National Health Service
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When being fed the same diet, today’s chickens grow to over 4,000 grams, compared to 905 grams for a chicken common to the 1950′s. This is highly correlated to an increase in chicken consumption over the same period, which became more popular than pork in the 1990′s and is nearly as popular as beef today.
Tags: chicken, farming, food, livestock Posted in Data | Leave a Comment »
Much of the US has been in a serious drought for the past few years. Although it is indeed severe in California, the intensity of this drought is not yet as serious as the famed dust bowl of the 1930′s. Click through for interactive maps and an extensive history of American droughts.
–from The New York Times
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In 1997, Hong Kong’s GDP as a percentage of the Mainland Chinese GDP was 18%, but has decreased fifteen percent over the past fifteen years, to 3% today.
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