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 Post subject: Economist - Ireland 12th best place to be born in 2013
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:06 pm 
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http://www.economist.com/news/21566430- ... ttery-life

Up from 16th spot in 1988

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Big falls for the major 'Western' economies, and Japan.


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 Post subject: Re: Economist - Ireland 12th best place to be born in 2013
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Coles2 wrote:
Big falls for the major 'Western' economies, and Japan.

Where do you find the 1988 ranking?

Anyway, it's not a comparison, despite pretending to be:
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America was helped to the top spot back in 1988 by the inclusion in the ranking of a “philistine factor” (for cultural poverty) and a “yawn index” (the degree to which a country might, despite all its virtues, be irredeemably boring). Switzerland scored terribly on both counts.


Despite its troubles, Greece still ranks above all the BRICs + pretenders...

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 Post subject: Re: Economist - Ireland 12th best place to be born in 2013
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yoganmahew wrote:
Coles2 wrote:
Big falls for the major 'Western' economies, and Japan.

Where do you find the 1988 ranking?

Scroll down through Esselte's link page and you'll see it.


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 Post subject: Re: Economist - Ireland 12th best place to be born in 2013
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Coles2 wrote:
Scroll down through Esselte's link page and you'll see it.

Thank you - haven't got my glasses on :)

Yeah, it looks like a pretty bogus comparison - you'd need to know what the current 11 criteria are and either use them for 1988 numbers or use the 8 'proper' criteria from 1988 only.

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yoganmahew wrote:
Yeah, it looks like a pretty bogus comparison...
Ah, don't be like that, Yog. This is a good news thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Economist - Ireland 12th best place to be born in 2013
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Coles2 wrote:
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Yeah, it looks like a pretty bogus comparison...
Ah, don't be like that, Yog. This is a good news thread.

Ah, it's just that a number of the rankings in 1988 look to be goosed by politically motivated bogus indicators. Number of economist readers per million, for example.

If anything, it understates Ireland's improvement.

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