Andrew Whiffin

Donald Trump’s social media mentions soared the day before last week’s vote, after being roughly level with Hilary Clinton’s in preceding days. Trump mentions topped 1m on November 7 while Mrs Clinton’s fell below 700,000

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The link between corruption and economic success is clear, Afghanistan, one of the world’s most corrupt counties is also one the poorest. Economies endowed with natural resources are likely to be wealthier, but also tend to be some of the most corrupt

Andrew Whiffin

A survey of leading European economists has put the probability of the UK voting to leave the EU at 41.3 per cent. The experts also believe that a British exit could trim half a percentage point off growth over the next two years

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The US minimum wage, as a proportion of average wages, fell to an all time low in 2005, at just 28 per cent. Plans to lift it to $15 an hour would represent a minimum wage of over 60 per cent of current average earnings

Andrew Whiffin

The market is unconvinced about the Federal Reserve’s interest rate projections released this month. At the end of 2018 policymakers see the Fed funds rate at 3 per cent, though the market sees it at 1.1 per cent

Andrew Whiffin

Donald Trump has 673 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Betfair puts his chances of sealing the nomination at more than 70 per cent but his odds of winning the presidency are only 18 per cent

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In line with a return to strong economic growth, Ireland’s stock market has been one of the best performing over the past year, beating the major stock indices of the UK, Europe and the US

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The chances of the UK voting to remain in the EU on June 23 have risen to 70 per cent for the first time this year, according to betting market Betfair. But the figure is still well below the 80 per cent recorded last summer

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Spending on consumption in China last year accounted for the highest proportion of growth – 66 per cent – since 2000; while investment accounted for the smallest share of growth since 2005 – only 36 per cent

Andrew Whiffin

Eight years ago Barack Obama showed it is possible for a candidate to move from relative obscurity to victory in months; this time in 2008 Hillary Clinton was still the favorite for the Democratic party nomination

Andrew Whiffin

Donald Trump leads Republican polls, but 38 per cent of US adults say he would make a terrible president, 10 percentage points more than think the same of the Democrats’ Hilary Clinton. About one in five has negative views of Jeb Bush. Read more

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An analysis of presidential candidates’ announcement speeches shows big variations in the complexity of language used. Donald Trump, Republican frontrunner, was comprehensible by fourth graders, 9 and 10-year-olds

Andrew Whiffin

UK finance minister George Osborne will outline the next round of cuts to public services today in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review. A number of countries have cut public spending as a share of GDP since 2010.France and Italy are two that have seen an increase

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Global deaths from terrorism rose by 80 per cent in 2014 to 32,658, terrorism is highly concentrated in just five countries; Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, which accounted for 78 per cent of those deaths

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The UK is phasing out its coal power plants. Over the past year generation from coal has fallen from 28 per cent to 21 per cent of the total. Wind and solar have taken up most of the slack, rising from 8 per cent to almost 15.

Andrew Whiffin

The abolition of China’s one child policy is set to boost the population over the decades. Using projections from the UN, this could make the difference of up to 100m extra workers by 2050

Andrew Whiffin

The UK ranked first in the world for openness of government data in 2014, according to the Open Knowledge think-tank. But the percentage of easily accessible data sets across all surveyed countries was only 11 per cent

Andrew Whiffin

The average wealth of US lawmakers was estimated to be more than a million dollars in 2013. Senators are wealthier, with an average net worth of $2.7m, while house members have $840,000 on average

Andrew Whiffin

Marriage rates have fallen universally across the developed world since the 1970s; by a third in the US and almost halving in the UK. The rate in Sweden already, low in the 1970s, has fallen only slightly.

Andrew Whiffin

The value of Chinese imports was 8 per cent lower in July this year compared to July 2014, but much of that decline resulted from falling commodity prices. In July, China imported 30.7m tonnes of oil, a record high.