beautiful economics

Beautiful Economics is dedicated to graphic insights about the world we live in. I will raise random questions about what’s interesting to me, find answers in numbers, translate them into charts and visuals, and share them here.

“Beautiful” – because data visualization is another way of saying things – a language. Beauty plays a role here, we don’t want boring technical language.

“Economics” – because it is a wide science that covers social, environmental and business issues, basically – the whole setup of the world.

This page is not about money or investing, it’s about economics in general. This page is not about thorough analysis, it’s about shallow analysis – insights are short, always one image. This page is not for providing lots of detailed information in a format of data puke. It is more about providing pre-digested insights and conclusions. Sometimes they are far fetched conclusions from a limited amount of data, sometimes they are just restating the obvious, but this time backed by statistics. This page is not to teach you anything, it is here to teach me.

Glad to see you here!


I use R, Tableau, Excel and sometimes other tools for making calculations and creating charts.
Sometimes I edit them with Inkscape or
I use various free online databases for gathering data.

Source abbreviations:
BEA – U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
BIS – Bank of International Settlements
CIA – CIA World Factbook
ECB – European Central Bank
EIA – U.S. Energy Information Administration
EIU – The Economist Intelligence Unit
ES – Eurostat
FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization
FRED – Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
G – Gallup
ILO – International Labour Organization
IMF – International Monetary Fund
UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
USCB – United States Census Bureau
W – Wikipedia
WB – World Bank
WFE – World Federation of Exchanges
WHO – World Health Organization
WHR – World Happiness Report

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