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Introduction to globalisation via the UK car market

Friday, January 20, 2012

For those of us eagerly awaiting the release of the Case Study for OCR GCSE Economics Unit 593, the topic of globalisation provides a nice stepping stone to the more challenging material. Data out this week from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders gives an insight into the motor industry and shows an increase of 5.8% in production by Britain’s car assembly plants.

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Web of debt - interactive data

Friday, November 18, 2011

Some great interactive data from the BBC on who owes who and how much. A great way to show GCSE (and A Level) students.

Fantastic graphics on Asia

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

For all students studying international Economics this interactive data from the BBC is fantastic. You can compare GDP and income statistics with life expectancy, education, energy and health for a number of Asian countries.
This is a must for all GCSE students and even students studying standard of living at A Level.

Standard of living - most liveable city

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

An annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit has put Vancouver as the most liveable city in the world. The survey ranks cities in five areas – stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Each city receives a rating out of 100, with 100 per cent considered to be ideal and 0 per cent intolerable. In second place came Melbourne, Austrialia followed by Vienna, Austria in third place.

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China overtakes Japan to go 2nd

Monday, February 14, 2011

A watershed moment for the world economy?

If you are studying the global economy at the moment the latest information on economy sizes will be both interesting and useful to you. Japan’s economy was worth $5.474 trillion (£3.414 trillion) at the end of 2010, whereas China’s economy was closer to $5.8 trillion in the same period.

Here is a great article with some great data for students to use.

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The World on Wednesday

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As part of the GCSE course students look at international economics and globalisation. Here is a great link to up to date information on the Turkish economy.

Global economics - the unsung heroes

Thursday, December 02, 2010

If your year 11 students are doing the OCR specification they will be preparing for their paper on international economics. This article is really interesting as it looks at the smaller nations across the world which contribute vital materials and therefore play an important part in the global economy. The article looks at Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia, Peru and the Ivory Coast.

China leaps ahead of Japan

Monday, August 16, 2010

There are some great news stories out today for the OCR A593 international paper as we see China leap frog Japan to become the number 2 economy in the world. How long will it take China to get ahead of the USA who occupy the top spot? China is already the biggest exporter, auto buyer and steel producer. China’s GDP for the second quarter of 2010 stood at $1.337 trillion, more than Japan’s $1.288 trillion.
Japan has held the second spot in the world standings since 1968.

 

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Global recession timeline

Friday, July 30, 2010

This a great teaching resource from the BBC, a global recession timeline. it contains some short video clips and data. A great start to a lesson next term.

International Economics in videos

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Two great videos to keep you up to date over half term.
Will Chinese New Year hail growth and Euro slump

Britain falls to 25th best place to live in the world

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

This could start a really good discussion on living standards. The 2009 Quality of Life Index published by International Living Magazine reveals that Britain have fallen to 25th place in the table. France top the table for the fifth year running.

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Great video on how to use the OECD website

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The BBC have created a great short video showing how to use the OECD website. This will be particularly good for the OCR module on global issues.

New GCSEs - G20 Economies

Friday, September 25, 2009

A big element of the new OCR specification is the international economics area. This BBC article looks at each of the G20 countries and discusses what they have been doing to deal with the economics crisis and prevent it happening in the future.

BBC interactive recession map

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Here is a great interactive world map by the BBC which aims to investigate the impact of the global recession. Being the BBC, it has load of videos and looks like it will continue to be added to over the next few weeks.

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New GCSEs - globalisation

Monday, July 20, 2009

As most of us are now enjoying the summer break and therefore not in front of a class, I thought I would turn the attention to preparing for the new GCSE’s which start in September. Over the holidays we will look at some of the new topics and also some of the old ones.
Today is the turn of the OCR GCSE in Economics.

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Great new resource from the OECD

Friday, July 03, 2009

Trawling through the BBC website on Thursday evening I came across an absolute gem. How often do we want interesting data to use with our classes? Well I think I have found an answer! The new online tool OECD Factbook eXplorer.

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