To what extent are perceptions of freedom based on objective factors?

The Gallup World Poll has asked people in a large number of countries: “Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?” Recent research has shown that, even after controlling for other relevant variables, people tend to be more satisfied with their lives in countries in which . . . → Read More: To what extent are perceptions of freedom based on objective factors?

Resurgent Russia Discharging Dollars

RUSSIA IS MASSIVE BUT DISAPPEARING

Russia with 6,592,800 square miles (17,075,400 square kilometers) spanning 11 time zones is easily the largest country in the world covering about 1/8th of its landmass.  The BRIC  economies, Brazil, Russia, India and China are both similar and different.  With only about 142 million people, tremendous natural resources and about . . . → Read More: Resurgent Russia Discharging Dollars

Pending home sales soar 6.7 pct in April

Pending home sales in April posted their largest monthly increase since Oct 2001, the National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday. The Pending Home Sales Index, jumped to 90.3 in April from 84.6 in March.

It was the third straight monthly increase this year. The index is also now 3.2% above its level a . . . → Read More: Pending home sales soar 6.7 pct in April