GDP per capita

GDP per capita

Advantages

  • Easy to compare as the population of a country is taken into account
  • Gives a figure for every country
  • Gives good figures, so world leaders know where to spend money
  • Good indicator to show provision of services

Disadvantages

  • Hides extremes
  • Doesn't say how wealth is spread
  • Doesn't take the cost of living into account
  • Only takes money into account
  • Illegal workers and volunteers aren't included

Evaluation

Although GDP is easy to compare, it shows which countries are rich and poor, not which countries need specific funding from the UN. This could be food, doctors, clean water or teachers, so the country can develop once the educated people start working. GDP also doesn't show how wealth is spread, as there could be a big rich-poor gap in a country.

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