A striking diagram of the world economy – Vox

The way it works is that it visualizes the entire world’s economic output as a circle. That circle is then subdivided into a bunch of blobs representing the economy of each major country. And then each country-blob is sliced into three chunks — one for manufacturing, one for services, and one for agriculture. Check it out: You can see some cool things here. For example, compare the US and China. Our economy is much larger than theirs, but our industrial sectors are comparable in size, and China’s agriculture sector looks to be a little bit larger. Services are what drive the entire gap. The UK and France have similarly sized overall economies, but agriculture is a much bigger slice of the French pie. For all that Russia gets played up as some kind of global menace, its economy produces less than Italy. Put all the different European countries together, and Russia looks pathetic. You often hear the phrase “China and India,” but you can see here that the two Asian giants are in very different shape economically. The only African nation on this list, South Africa, has a smaller economy than Colombia.

Source: This striking diagram will change how you look at the world economy – Vox


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