OK, I think we should have a thread where people can post interesting graphs, charts, or tables (if available as images) they run into while browsing the internet. Something like the Altered Maps thread, just for graphs - starting a new thread about each one seems pointless. If you find something interesting, post it here, and others can comment or discuss it briefly, before someone else posts another one. What do you think? --- I'll start with a graph from the Economist: "Asia's seemingly relentless economic rise is still not inevitable LIKE most of the 30 years that preceded it, 2012 will be punctuated by statistical evidence of Asia’s growing weight in the world economy and by the West's relative decline. Sober Asian policymakers, however, worry. In the short term, they know that the region would be badly hit by another severe downturn in the West. This short-term vulnerability to the rich world's economic woes is a symptom of a longer-term worry: a failure in many countries in Asia to progress from growth fuelled by resources and cheap labour to growth driven by higher productivity. As wages rise manufacturers often find themselves unable to compete in export markets with lower-cost producers elsewhere; yet they still find themselves behind the advanced economies in higher-value products. This is the middle-income trap which saw, for example, South Africa and Brazil languish for decades in what the World Bank call the “middle income” range (about $1,000 to $12,000 gross national income per person measured in 2010 money)."