Our missionWe are a team of academics whose goal is to spread knowledge about the global economy. We believe that this is important as we live in an interconnected world and it serves us all to understand it better.
We are happy to see that the website is used by close to 10,000 people daily from virtually all countries. These are students in high schools and universities, journalists, policymakers, researchers, and many others. They learn about various countries, download charts and data, learn about concepts and trends, and take quizzes to check their knowledge.
What the site offersThe website offers interactive data tools for over 200 countries with data from The World Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, UNESCO, the World Economic Forum, and many other sources. All of the data on the website are available for download. All of the charts can be downloaded without registration. The global economy guide explains key concepts about economic growth and development, exchange rates, international trade and investment, financial systems, and other topics. The site also has a glossary of economic terms, a directory of resources, and quizzes on various topics.
The idea for the website came out of The Global Economy class that Neven developed at Georgia State University in Atlanta (syllabus). The class covers key facts and theories about the world economy and seems popular as over 500 non-econ majors take it as elective every year. The website makes that information available to anyone and adds a lot of interactivity and data.
Our teamNeven Valev is a Ph.D. economist with a doctorate from Purdue University and over 10 years of professional experience on the economics faculty of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, GA. Neven specializes in international finance and the role of finance for economic development. Over the years he has taught classes on macroeconomics and international economics to undergraduate, Master’s, MBA, and Ph.D. students and has participated as a chair or a member of the dissertation committees of more than 40 graduate students. More information about Neven can be found at nevenvalev.com. Franziska Bieri has a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University. She specializes in globalization and the role of the non-profit sector in resolving international social issues. Franziska has published a number of academic articles and a widely read book on the Kimberley Process regulating the global diamond trade. She is a Senior Researcher at the University of Basel in Switzerland and has extensive experience with distance education and e-learning, teaching online courses for the University of Maryland University College. More information about Franziska can be found at franziskabieri.com. Menna Bizuneh holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the European Monetary Union, economic integration in Africa, and the choice between various exchange rate regimes. Menna is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Pitzer College in California and teaches classes on international economics, macroeconomics, and economic development. More information about Menna can be found here. Our team also includes many students who have worked as interns in all aspects of the development of the website.