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The global economy’s shifting centre of gravity

Quah, Danny (2011) The global economy’s shifting centre of gravity. Global Policy, 2 (1). 3 - 9. ISSN 1758-5880

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00066.x


This article describes the dynamics of the global economy’s centre of gravity, the average location of economic activity across geographies on Earth. The calculations here take into account all the GDP produced on this planet. The article finds that in 1980 the global economy’s centre of gravity was mid-Atlantic. By 2008, from the continuing rise of China and the rest of East Asia, that centre of gravity had drifted to a location east of Helsinki and Bucharest. Extrapolating growth in almost 700 locations across Earth, this article projects the world’s economic centre of gravity to locate by 2050 literally between India and China. Observed from Earth’s surface, that economic centre of gravity will shift from its 1980 location 9,300 km or 1.5 times the radius of the planet.

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Additional Information: © 2011 London School of Economics and Political Science and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Economics
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2011 09:43
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 00:27

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