Middle East Social Indicators

The BBC has a pretty good piece looking at Middle East countries where the unrest in Egypt could potentially spread.  We’ll let you link to the story, but we  found some data from article interesting and after tweaking and adding a few variables constructed the following table.

Note how young the median age is in these countries compared to, say,  Germany and Japan.   Yemen’s median age of just 17.9 years is stunning and it seems the only thing the country’s government has going for it in order to avoid contagion is the relatively low percentage of the population using the internet.

As an aside, we were also surprised to discover that China’s median age in only 1.6 years younger than the U.S. median age.  If repression wins,  Facebook and Twitter are going to be big shorts in these countries as they will be increasingly seen as political enemy number one by regimes under threat.  (click here if table is not observable)

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