The Resource Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons : a statistical yearbook for statesmen and citizens 2012, Alexander V. Avakov

Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons : a statistical yearbook for statesmen and citizens 2012, Alexander V. Avakov

Label
Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons : a statistical yearbook for statesmen and citizens 2012
Title
Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons
Title remainder
a statistical yearbook for statesmen and citizens 2012
Statement of responsibility
Alexander V. Avakov
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The foundations of  power politics in the nuclear age, fundamental forces that drive events in  the international news, and seldom-discussed factors that can shift whole  economies, or trigger wars, may be discerned from the statistical tables  presented in this novel yearbook first issued in 2008. This statistical annual presents fundamental data in three sections: (1)  Quality of Life, (2) Balance of Power and (3) Developed Market Economies  since 1960. It contains data that is generally not  available elsewhere. Sections 1 and 2 give statistics for 232 countries. The  World Bank and Encyclopedia Britannica provide statistical data for a maximum  of about 160 countries. The actual number of countries in World Bank  statistical tables is even smaller. The C.I.A. World Factbook gives data for  about 230 countries but that data is limited in scope and is imprecise. Other  statistical publications are even less satisfactory. The author has managed  to increase the number of countries tallied by writing proprietary software  utilizing statistical regressions, selecting data which, first of all, is  important and, second, which allows for high correlation coefficients for  these regressions. Section 2 includes data about  nuclear delivery systems and the number of nuclear warheads of all nuclear  powers. This is based on information from reputable sources. Among others, it  includes estimates of the Israeli nuclear arsenal which usually do not appear  in the press. Official estimates of Russian military  expenditures distributed by US and British intelligence communities are  methodologically flawed. Such estimates claim to give a picture of military  expenditures of the countries of the world at market exchange rates; at the  same time, they apparently cite Russian military expense figures at  purchasing power parities, thus inflating these numbers in comparison to  those of other countries. Such deceptive practices of the Anglo-American  intelligence services are counter-balanced by presenting two different  tables, showing military expenditures estimates both at market exchange rates  and by purchasing power parities. Section 3 gives data  on the topic of health care. It seems that public health expenditures as a  share of total health expenditures has a stronger correlation with the  comparative level (and the rates of improvement) of the main health care  indicators than the absolute level (measured as a percent of GDP) of total  health expenditures. The data demonstrates that the U.S. has the lowest public  health expenditure of developed market economies and is increasingly lagging  behind other countries by main health care indicators. The recent legislation that was intended to provide greater access to  health care for people in the US was furiously attacked by opponents who  suspected it would entail some sort of tax increase that would hurt the  economy. The author therefore also seeks to shed light on modern ideological  debates about the share of taxation in GDP and its influence on rates of  growth. Surprisingly enough, the empirical data for the developed market  economies do not seem to support the popular idea that low taxes are strongly  correlated with higher rates of growth; depending on how the data are  analyzed, the appropriate correlations are either low or even the reverse of  what is commonly believed
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
339.3
Index
no index present
LC call number
HC59.3
LC item number
.A83 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • statistics
Series statement
Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons
Series volume
v. 5
Label
Quality of life, balance of power and nuclear weapons : a statistical yearbook for statesmen and citizens 2012, Alexander V. Avakov
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn797821555
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 192 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780875868936
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b35601322
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)797821555
  • pebcs0875868932

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