Valentina Romei

Valentina Romei

India has jumped by 16 positions to 39th in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness ranking.

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Federica Cocco

Pew’s latest survey of the American electorate has found that a major factor in candidate support is disliking the opponent. For Trump supporters, opposition to Clinton is among the most frequently cited factors, followed by his status as a political outsider and his policies.

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Valentina Romei

About two-thirds of Indians are satisfied with the direction of the country, up from less than a third in 2013. An even higher proportion is happy about the state of the Indian economy and has favourable view of Narendra Modi, the prime minister.

Valentina Romei

There are large differences among EU countries in the use of financial products. About eight in 10 adults in Denmark and France own a credit card compared with fewer than one in three in Italy and Portugal, according to data from Eurobarometer.

Valentina Romei

On Wednesday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters that the country could beat expectations and report an expansion in 2016.

The consensus among economists is that the Greek economy will expand in 2017, and in their latest Economic Outlook the OECD also stated that “growth is projected to turn positive in the second half of 2016”. Positive trends are already visible, yet it might be too soon to call this the beginning of a recovery. Read more

Valentina Romei

Support for Italy’s populist Five Star Movement rose over the past year and neared that of the centre-left party of premier Matteo Renzi. But the paralysis that followed the election of Virginia Raggi as Rome’s mayor reversed the trend.

Federica Cocco

International migration is growing once again, having tailed off after the financial crisis, an OECD report released this week has found.

4.8 million people migrated permanently to OECD countries in 2015, a 10 per cent increase on 2014 and surpassing the previous record set in 2007. Read more

Federica Cocco

How is a country’s wealth affected by removing its capital city? The Cologne Institute for Economic Research set to find out.

Factoring out London and its residents, the 2014 per capita GDP fell by 11 percent. Nearly one out of every four pounds of the British GDP is earned in its capital city. Read more

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In the mid-1990s the US, Japan and the countries that now form the eurozone accounted for similar shares of global investment, just above 20 per cent. Since then China’s share has risen; it became the biggest investor in 2010.

Valentina Romei

More than four in ten people in Berlin and London are very satisfied with the transport system in the city. The proportion is much smaller in Madrid, Paris and Brussels, while in Rome the vast majority is dissatisfied, according to data from Eurostat.

Federica Cocco

The US Census Bureau delivered an unexpectedly rosy report on poverty and incomes, which showed the biggest improvement in decades on both fronts. The median household income in 2015 was $56,500, up 5.2 per cent from the previous year, the largest single-year increase since records began.

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Valentina Romei

Services share of global exports rose to 23 per cent in 2015, the highest recorded by Unctad, the UN trade agency. The rise is largely a result of a double-digit drop in the value of goods exports, particularly commodities, and a milder contraction of services exports.

Federica Cocco

Britain’s unemployment-to-vacancy ratio for April to June 2016 dipped to its lowest level since the start of 2005, below its pre-downturn average. According to the Office for National Statistics this may reflect a tightening of the labour market.

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Federica Cocco

The US Treasury Department has run a census of same-sex couples three years after the Supreme Court gave them federal recognition.

Using figures from tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples in 2014 with their Social Security records, researchers found there were 183,280 same-sex marriages in the US that year – equivalent to roughly 0.33 percent of all marriages. Read more

Valentina Romei

Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, announced on Friday the expansions of grammar schools. Read more

Valentina Romei

OECD composite leading indicators point to economic growth picking up in Brazil. The index is based on historical measures including manufacturing production, trade and order book data to gauge short-term future economic activity. Brazil’s July reading surpassed 100, which indicates the long-term trend.

Valentina Romei

Asia is the world’s most crowded region, with about 142 people per square kilometre, more than double the global figure. African density has doubled in the last 20 years and the continent is now more crowded than Europe and Latin America. Read more

Valentina Romei

Global migrant remittances fell in 2015 for the first time since the financial crisis, according to the World Bank. India still accounts for the largest inflow, despite a drop compared with 2014, and it is equal with China where they are rising.

Federica Cocco

Turkish, Romanian and Nigerian migrants are the least welcome in the UK, according to a recent survey of 1,668 Britons from YouGov, which put migrants from Ireland, the US, Canada and Australia at the top.

The survey asked whether more immigrants from a number of countries should be allowed into the UK, versus the same amount, less, or none at all. A net figure was then derived from each answer. Read more