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The Sciences

Catching up to Argentina

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJanuary 23, 2012 1:19 PM

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You may not have noticed, but Google has been spiffing up its Data Explorer. Poking around you see nice illustrations of phenomena which you otherwise may just read about. For example, Argentina has been one of the classic illustrations in economic history of stagnation. To a great extent it peaked around 1900, and development has been erratic since then. This is clear when you see how much its neighbors and other Latin American nations have caught up: This bar graph illustrates it better: By the way, would you have guessed that Puerto Rico's total fertility rate is considerably below that of non-Hispanic whites on the mainland? I had no idea.

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