Study notes

Theme 1 Micro Knowledge: Country Examples

  • Levels: AS, A Level, IB
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB, Eduqas, WJEC

Our EdExcel Theme 1 (Micro) Knowledge Book is great for students to add contextual examples into their notes. Here is a section from part 1.

What are some topical examples of the following?

A country currently experiencing a ‘brain drain’

Lots of examples you read about here"

Scientists warn of UK Brexit brain drain

Greece brain drain hampers recovery from economic crisis (FT)

A country suffering from extensive deforestation

Deforestation in Indonesia(Independent)

EU states call for tough action on deforestation to meet 2020 UN goal (Guardian)

A country experiencing high net inward migration of labour

The United Nations International Migration Report contains lots of good data by country - click here

A country that has recently discovered significant new natural resources

The Inclusive Wealth Reportcontains a huge amount of data on natural capital by country

New North Sea discovery hailed by Oil and Gas UK (November 2018)

Will there be an oil boom is Gabon?

A country that is attracting substantial foreign direct investment

Check out the Google public data for trends in foreign direct investment as a share of GDP - select individual countries to see which are achieving strong inflows. I have added Vietnam, Ethiopia and Cambodia to the chart for starters!

A country with a rapidly-ageing population

Population ageing in the UK - Living longer - how our population is changing and why it matters

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's ageing population struggling to make ends meet

Japan - Record three in ten Japanese are over 65 as population crisis grows

A country with a young median age and fast-growing-population

Loads of data on median age available here

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