Tuesday, March 9, 2010

U.S. versus Romania

The graph above how exports of raw agricultural materials compare with exports of manufactured goods as percentages of total merchandise exports for a sample of 48 countries from the low, middle and high income groups.

Sampling criteria: availability of complete data, proportional representation of each group.

As you note (if you have really good glasses) , in 1995 Romania was exporting a little bit more in manufactured products than the US. Not that bad. It means we always had goo potential.So why is the US at least thrice as developed as Romania? Well, it is a matter of gross product -or how much money these exports actually bring in.

The GDP data was not considered for the graph as I only compiled it for a paper about issues related with food exports for low-income countries so it only had to point out the fact that in these countries food exports are a highest percentage of the total compared with middle-income (Romania) or high-income (US).

Original Data: UC Santa Cruz. (1995) UC Atlas of Global Inequality Database retrieved from http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/query.php


Narnie said...

I wonder how the situation might have been different if the EU had been in place then, with Romania a part of it. I am convinced that it held many of the East European countries back (and yes, I include Russia in that) not just economically but politically. A fascinating report.

(thank you for visiting my blog... so glad you liked that poem. It's one of my favourites too :) )

ana said...

Numele meu este Ana Zidarescu, redactor www.evz.ro, editia online a ziarului Evenimentul Zilei. Caut romani stabiliti in strainatate pentru interviuri, in ideea de a promova diaspora romaneasca, tinerii romani şi experientele lor in lume, antreprenori, profesori, liber profesionisti etc. Daca esti de acord, nu ezita sa ma contactezi. Nu sunt in cautarea senzationalului, insa cred ca in spatele fiecarei povesti se poate ascunde ceva extrem de interesant pentru cititori. Fiecare are o poveste unica de relatat, pana la urma. Adresa mea de e-mail este ana.zidarescu@evz.ro
Pe 15 martie vom relansa site-ul, in care se afla si categoria Diaspora, dedicata romanilor din strainatate.
Asa ca daca te intereseaza sa-ti promovezi blogul, gratuit, ma poti contacta la adresa ana.zidarescu@evz.ro.
Categoria Diaspora va fi relansata odata cu site-ul si va oferi, ca si pana acum, interviuri, stiri, articole si reportaje cu si despre romanii din lume.
Cred ca poate fi o oportunitate de promovare extrem de facila a site-ului tau si te va ajuta mult in cresterea notorietatii, avand in vedere ca avem peste un milion de cititori unici in fiecare luna. Astept un e-mail de la tine, indiferent de raspuns. Pe curand!

Ana said...


I would not hold the EU entirely responsible for the economic situation of East Europe. Not because they did not take advantage of the high potential for cheap quality labor – but look what Dacia had become under the management of Renault. But we are the only to hold responsible for issues such as corruption and mismanaging our own resources. And, of course, the half century totalitarian regime did not really help. I am sure that if I’d pay for it I can get more recent data , but for a school paper I used what I could get in terms of free data.
I enjoyed the poem –I have your blog on my Reader which explains why I only visit it seldom. But the graphics attracted me so I had to see how the original looked like 

Multumesc de invitatie. O voi considera si iti voi scrie. Senzational? Nici n-ar putea fi vorba de senzational : I am just another blogger. Sunt sigura ca poti gasi multi romani in Diaspora a caror cariera e mult mai impresionanta ca a mea.