The global economy can be difficult for the average person to understand. Money funnels towards and away different countries quickly, creating a delicate balance of economic power that can be knocked off its axis by a variety of factors. Nowadays, with a flagging Euro, a still-recovering U.S. and doomsday-style economic reports on China, trying to diagnose the economic health of the world head spin.
The Global Economy Dynamics Project (GED), a research institute funded by prominent German non-profit Bertelsmann Foundation, created an interactive data-visualization called GED-VIZ that illustrates the individual economies of countries — as well as their trade interactions with other nations across the globe — over the last 10 years.
Users can select any number of countries for the graphic, which automatically shows a country’s GDP as well as its trade volumes. When a country is highlighted, little strings light up that show the proportional break down of trade — showing…
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