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Note: Our focus includes the current economic and financial system, labour, large multinational companies' influence on the global economy, the roles of (and influences of) large financial institutions (e.g., banks, pension funds) and smaller financing companies (e.g., hedge funds), and alternative systems.

How is the global economy distributed (geographically)?

What is the level of economic disparity in specific countries?

Bar chart showing growth with graphic of the world mapFrom an economic standpoint, how is the world recovering from the effects of the U.S. financial and banking systems collapse in 2008-2009?

Is global economic growth "sustainable"?  [How can we balance economic development goals and environmental sustainability goals (e.g., to stop global warming)?]

Two men looking at stock market figures

What types of wages and salaries are typical in various jobs and professions? How does pay (wages, salaries) vary by country?

What are some of the highly-profitable large companies and corporations that have been identified as paying 'non-living wages' to some of their employees?

Globally, what is the state of affairs for unionized labour?  [Is unionization expanding or contracting?  What level of popular support exists for a unionized labour force?  What are some examples (e.g., in Canadian provincial jurisdictions) where government has not respected negotiated settlements (as set out by labour law)?]

In a country such as Canada, what is the state of youth employment specifically? What types of employment opportunities and income opportunities do young adults have?

In affluent countries, is it relatively easy or hard to obtain creditThree Credit Cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express)

In countries such as Canada and the United States, what is the average ratio of household debt (or consumer debt) to consumer credit?  How well do people manage their debts? What happens when people cannot meet their financial obligations?


Man Pulling Cart with Bananas

In underdeveloped countries, what are poor people's financial prospects

What types of opportunities do poor people have to earn an income that can support themselves and family members who depend upon them?

How much credit can poor people obtain? What range of interest rates is typical?  Are the terms and conditions of loans reasonable?

What have been some of the impacts and consequences of e-commerce?

What are some examples of organizations that offer microfinancing, i.e., micro-credit or 'micro-loans' to poor people?  What are some examples of how microfinance has improved lives? What are some examples of how microlending has ruined lives?

Spotlight on some Popular or Technical Terms

Economic Policy Economic ConditionsEconomic Health • Economic Stability • Wealth Inequality

Capitalist EconomyFree-Market EconomyFree-Market CapitalismMarket SocietyGlobalized Economy (Globalization)Corporate CapitalismNeoliberal Economics vs Neoconservative Economics

Political Economy Social EconomyDeep Economy (philosophy/cultural movement) •

Marxist EconomicsRadical EconomicsSocialist Society

• 'The Knowledge Economy'

Economic DevelopmentEconomic GrowthGrowth IndustriesLow-Growth EconomyCommunity Economic Engagement

TaxationTax Reform Tax Shelters Tax Shifting

Personal FinanceSavingsWealth AccumulationLine of CreditHousehold Debt • Consumer Debt • Debt LoadOverspending Over-IndebtednessDebt Collection


For these terms (below) also go to Business Sustainability | Corporate Responsibility | Sustainable Finance

(major topic)

Employment RatesEmployment TrendsLabour ParticipationWagesMinimum Wage

Living Wages vs Non-Living WagesLiving Wage Movement

SalariesExecutive PayUnionized LabourUnion Collective BargainingIncome InequalityJob SecurityPrecarious EmploymentJob CreationJoblessnessProfitability

Social Finance

For these terms (below) also go to Basic Needs & Rights: Living | Working (major topic):

Purchasing Power ('Value of the Dollar') • Inflation ('Rate of Inflation') • 'Real Disposable Income' • Living Wages vs Non-Living Wages Living Wage Movement • Debt Bondage

Economic Refugees

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) • Economic SustainabilityRecession RecoveryFiscal Responsibility / Fiscal Irresponsibility Debt ReductionAusterity Measures vs Social Spending • Economic Justice Rural Development Sustainable DevelopmentInternational Trade (World Trade Organization (WTO)) • Trade JusticeInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) • The World Bank


For these terms also go to Energy | Power (major topic): • 'Low-Carbon Economy' or 'Zero-Carbon Economy' • Green EconomyHydrogen EconomyPetroleum-Based Economy

Note: For content on how The Economy | Labour | Finance relates to consumer spending also see Consumption | Consumerism (major topic)

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