From The Economist
BY PUTTING together a number of indicators that we believe feed unrest,and ascribing different weights to them, we have come up with a chart of Arab countries’ vulnerability to revolution. Some factors are hard to quantify and are therefore discounted; the data on unemployment, for example, were too spotty to compare. The chart is the result of ascribing a weighting of 35% to the share of the population that is under 25; 15% to the number of years the government has been in power; 15% to both corruption and lackofdemocracy indices; 10% for GDP per person; 5% for an index of censorship and 5% for the absolute number of people younger than 25.
The above ranking model was motivated by the table and information map below.
In the above, and although some factors are left out completely, it’s interesting how a rough mockup can give a quick and (hopefully) useful overview.
Perhaps the main outcome is to stimulate further thought and discussion – the article certainly prompted a lively set of comments on key factors!