Small States

Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 16

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This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than five million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers. The Commonwealth’s definition of small states is those with a population of one and a half million or less. For comparison purposes this volume presents, where available, data on states with a population of up to five million.

The book contains 68 tables covering selected economic, social, demographic and Millennium Development Goal indicators culled from international and national sources and also presents information unavailable elsewhere. A detailed parallel commentary on trends in Commonwealth small states, looking at growth, employment, inflation, human development, and economic policy, permits a deeper understanding of underlying developments behind the figures.

The book also includes four articles focusing on the green economy: The Implementation of Low-carbon and Green Economy Measures in Small Island Developing States by Vernese Inniss; From Brown to Green Opportunities for Environmentally Sound Development in Small States by Cletus I Springer; A Green Investment Analysis Using System Dynamics Modelling – The Case of Mauritius by Andrea M Bassi and Prakash N K Deenapanray; and Rethinking the Institutional Framework for the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the BPOA by the Commonwealth IAESD Group.



Social and economic data on small states

The set of statistical tables in this volume covers all small states (with populations of 1.5 million or fewer), as well as other countries with populations of up to 5 million. The 68 tables that follow set out basic data on country size, together with the latest information on selected economic, social development and environmental indicators, as well as the characteristics of the major sectors of small economies. It is hoped that the statistical data presented will form a useful supplement to data available from other sources on larger countries. In order to indicate the scope of the data presented in the tables and outline the concepts and methodology used in their computation, a series of technical notes are presented. The sources cited at the foot of the tables provide more comprehensive explanations of the concepts used. Apart from international sources, a large number of national sources have been used in the compilation wherever the definitions are comparable.


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