Contributions of metropolitan areas to GDP

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Good to see that the Slovak economy is not as Bratislava-centric as one might have thought. Much of the debate is Slovakia is about the urgent need to develop the country's non-Western regions.

Norway is a pretty amazing case: Oslo contributes almost 90% to national GDP growth. Given how beautiful the rest of Norway is, this decomposition really brings home that non-market areas are sometimes THE places to look at...

Source: OECD Factbook 2015-2016


Using STATA: Bar charts with multiple groups using by() and over()

Let's compare Q1 GDP growth vs. the rest of each year, starting in 2009: Here is the code to make the above chart: graph bar ann_...

Gary Becker on freedom in China

Six years ago, Gary Becker wrote: The jump from middle-income to rich status is much harder to achieve than the ascent from poverty. But there are...