Economic Profile

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Using data from the CIA World Factbook (Links to an external site.).

You will collect data on the following variables for  South Africa  (you will need to compute some of these variables):


People and Society: Youth Dependency, Infant Mortality Rate, Total Fertility Rate,Education Expenditure, Total Literacy, and Youth Unemployment.


Economy: GDP (official exchange rate), GDP per capita, Gross National Savings (% of GDP), Unemployment Rate, Gini Index, Public Debt (% of GDP) Prime Lending Rate, External Debt (% of GDP), and Stock of FDI at home (% of GDP)


  1. Create a table with the data you collected from the CIA Factbook. Your numbers should be presented in a visually appealing way that is easy to read.


  1. Pick one variable from the People and Society section and one variable from the Economy section. Briefly discuss how these variables affect development (i.e what are the challenges posed by these values, do they represent potential opportunities, etc.) in South Africa.


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