My clear, number one recommended resource for students researching comparative economic systems, economic history, or economic geography is Gapminder.org. It is a fantastic resource that let’s you create your own analyses. You can create your own dynamic, animated graphics that you can use in your webpages (like your essay!) that look just like the ones Hans uses. Get a glimpse of how powerful this tool is by clicking the following link to watch a 5 minute video of Hans Rosling using gapminder to explain the last 200 years of the world
Number two on my list is the World’s Top Incomes Database. Find out about income distribution in many of the world’s countries. You can find out where the rich are really, really rich vs. where they are only rich.
Number three on my list is Worldmapper.org. It puts a whole new data spin on world maps.
Other Research links for Comparative Economic Systems:
Europe World Online (start here if you have a specific country in mind!)
Countries of the World – historical data & comparisons
CIA – The World Factbook
IMF — International Monetary Fund Home Page
Economist.com | Country Briefings
CountryReports.org — Country Information
Research tools: information in depth | The Economist
Geography, Maps, Comparison
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
Smith: Wealth of Nations | Library of Economics and Liberty
Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments | Library of Economics and Liberty
Capital (Das Kapital), Vol. I
The Economic Consequences of the Peace
Ideas and Explanations
Business and Ethical Thinking: Capitalism, the Entrepreneur and the Invisible Hand
The Capitalism Site: Laissez-faire Capitalism is the social system based on the principle of inalienable individual rights.
Post-Autistic Economics Network and Post-Autistic Economics Review (heterodox economics)