These 1,000 hexagons show how global wealth is distributed

A cartogram makes it easy to compare regional and national GDPs at a glance.

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  • On these maps, each hexagon represents one-thousandth of the world's economy.
  • That makes it easy to compare the GDP of regions and nations across the globe.
  • There are versions for nominal GDP and GDP adjusted for purchasing power.
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No news is good news? Think again

Information economics suggests that "no news" means somebody is hiding something. But people are bad at noticing that.

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  • An experiment in information sharing shows that no news often means people have something to hide.
  • Other people seem to be blissfully unaware of this.
  • The results suggest that market forces are insufficient to "close the information gap" between buyers and sellers.
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Here are the top 10 jobs of the future

Say hello to your new colleague, the Workplace Environment Architect.

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As some countries begin to pull out of pandemic-induced lockdown, and the corporate engines of "return to the office" begin to whir, an open question hangs: What kind of jobs will people return to following months of work-from-home exile in "Remotopia"?

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Studies likely to be wrong have 153 more citations

Science journals may be lowering their standards to publish studies with eye-grabbing — but probably incorrect — results.

  • Science is facing a replication crisis, namely, that many studies published in top journals fail to replicate.
  • A new study examined the citation count of "failed" studies, finding that these nonreplicable studies accumulated 153 more citations than more reliable research, even after they are shown to be nonreplicable.
  • The study suggests the replication crisis might be driven, in part, by incentives that encourage researchers to generate "interesting" results.
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Modern society is as unequal as 14th century Europe

As bad as this sounds, a new essay suggests that we live in a surprisingly egalitarian age.

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  • A new essay depicts 700 years of economic inequality in Europe.
  • The only stretch of time more egalitarian than today was the period between 1350 to approximately the year 1700.
  • Data suggest that, without intervention, inequality does not decrease on its own.
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