There are some statistics and other facts I’m trying to hunt, partly for my own insatiable curiosity, and partly because they’re relevant to some of my theories about how the world works. I’m going to put this on a permanent page right below the About Me link, since it’s a long-term thing.
1. Updated Gini indexes for a variety of countries. The Census Bureau has recent data for the US (.46 in 2004, if I’m not mistaken), but for all other countries I can find no reliable data. I’m especially interested in the figures for Israel, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Britain, Canada, France, and Germany.
2. Survey crime rates for, well, as many countries as possible (I only have data for the US and Britain, and I’m not sure they use comparable methodologies).
3. Comparable international gender- and race gap statistics. The US measures the gaps with annual income for full-time workers; Europe does with hourly income. Besides, after great pains, I’ve only managed to find comparable racial income data for the US and Britain. Unemployment data is harder to find; estimates of Algerian-French unemployment apparently range from 20% to 40%.
4. Detailed education data from various first-world countries, including at least Japan, the US, Finland, Britain, Sweden, South Korea, Canada, France, Russia, and Germany, roughly in descending order of importance. The TIMSS tests are worthless; they measure how good students are at taking TIMSS tests. Ideally, I’d like to have enough material to be able to write an analog of Ezra’s The Health of Nations.
Update: 5. Comparable income mobility statistics for multiple countries. I have comparable numbers for the US, the UK, and Singapore, and a different set of comparable numbers for the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, and the four Scandinavian countries. I’d be thrilled to see numbers that compare all at once, plus data for Japan, southern and eastern Europe, and maybe China and India.