Demographic and Economic Development in the New World


By Franziska Woellert, Klemens Maget, Florian Sievers, Stephan Sievert, Sabine Sütterlin, Reiner Klingholz

The American continent encompasses the powerful industrial nations USA and Canada, the big emerging countries Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, smaller successful countries such as Uruguay and Costa Rica as well as countries that are still facing immense development problems including Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti. The Latin American states, in particular, have experienced an unprecedented upswing since the turn of the century. However, many of those countries still heavily depend on commodity exports. Falling world market prices bring about economic difficulties and the latter affect political stability. In its study, the Berlin Institute draws upon 20 indicators to compare the demographic and economic development of those 24 American countries with more than one million inhabitants. 15 country chapters furthermore analyse the socio-economic situation of the most important American states.


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to view the full English version of the study. The study “America - The Rise to Prosperity and Missed Opportunities” was commissioned by the GfK Verein. The GfK Verein is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of marketing research.

In the run-up to the study, the market research institute GfK conducted surveys on the household income situation on a selected set of countries, the results of which are discussed in a separate chapter in this study.



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