18 July 2011

Thailand GINI - the rich eat the honey

EDIT: It seems that the World Bank has corrected their numbers - the GINI index for Thailand now reads 40.0 for 2009. This fact leaves most part of my previous post void.

I have a fascination for the GINI index, and have covered it for Thailand in an earlier post (only in Norwegian, sorry), and I must admit I almost choked on my coffee when I looked at the numbers again today. I found the 2009 GINI index for Thailand at the World Bank, and to my surprise it was a staggering 53.6. An all time high! Well, at least since 1981.

For those not so familiar with the GINI coefficient, it describes the income distribution in the population; a value of 0 indicates that the income is divided equally among the citizens, while a value of 100 means total inequality. In the case of Thailand, the index clearly shows that after the 2006-coup, a bigger portion of the generated wealth has fallen into the pockets of the (already) rich.

Another interesting development is that for the first time Thailand has the highest inequality among the ASEAN countries, followed by Malaysia and Indonesia. It is not so long ago that an article in The Nation argued that Thailand was not so different from other countries in ASEAN; that was when the official GINI coefficient was from 2006 and had a value of about 43.

There might be several reasons why this has happened, but it does not seem like a coincidence that this radical worsening of income distribution happens about the same time as the overthrow of Thaksin.

In my opinoin, the politics of the Abhisit-government have clearly favored the elite - hindsight is nice.

The data is available from my compiled spreadsheet or directly from the World Bank.

15 July 2011

The Military Expenditure in East-Asia as a Slopegraph

After reading about Slopegraphs, I really wanted to try and make my own - and it was also a good excuse to play around in R.

Since I have an interest in South-East Asia, I decided to to find some data for that area, and expenses used for the military seemed to fill the purpose. With a slightly modified R-script (originally made by David Ruau), it was a piece of cake to make the slopegraph below.

On the overall, it is easy to see that China has an almost explosive growth (surprised?). Only Japan seems to be spending less.

All numbers are in US $ million and adjusted to fit 2009 value. Countries missing either the 2000 or 2010 values are omitted.

Data source: SIPRI Military Expenditure Database

Update: Added another column to the graph showing the 2005 values. Note that several nations decreased their spending from 2000 - 2005.

03 July 2011

Taijiquan Cheat Sheet - Yang Lu-chan

In february I started to take Taiji (Tai Chi) lessons - the Yang Lu-chan form to be presice, and so far I have been shown the first part it.  A mere rookie in other words.

I must admit I have a hard time remembering the moves and their sequence. Therefore I made myself a little cheat sheet which I can take a peek at if I am stuck doing the form. Yes, I do not have the habit of carrying books with me for exercise, nor do I possess the skill of reading while doing thaiji. Since I need to look things up anyway, I find this sheet convinient.

The sheet is not perfect by any means, and not suitable for learning this form as a self study. An instructor is a must in my opinion. At least, you should get Erle Montaigue's book(s) that describes and explains it in great detail. The stick figures in the sheet are based on the illustrations found in this book. 

The sheet is probably full of minor mistakes - especially in the yin ang yang of the hands, so I will update and improve it continously. I welcome any feedback you might have.

Download it and use it if you like. I have only made one for part 1 so far, but will do the next parts when I get introduced to them.

Go to the sheet.

12 March 2011

Uenighetsindeksen oppdatert

Jeg oppdaget helt tilfeldig at uenighetsindeksen til NSD har blitt oppdatert med tall for 09/10. Så da var det nesten på tide å oppdatere min dekomposisjon også. Resultatet kan sees i figuren under.

Ingen store overraskelser etter min mening; regjeringspartiene er fortsatt veldig enige, opposisjonen fortsatt samlet. Det eneste som kan være litt overraskende er at Frp er litt mindre uenig enn tidligere.

09 January 2011

Thailand Census

I Thailand gjennomføres folke- og boligtellingen (Census) hver tiende år. På nettsidene til det thailandske statistisk sentralbyrå har de lagt ut resultatene fra tellingene i 1990 og 2000 elektronisk i form av excel-regneark. Dataene er til dels ganske detaljerte, men inneholder også indikatorer.

Siden det er at regneark per provins og regnearkene ikke er helt konsistente i form, har jeg tatt meg tid til å sammenstille indikatorene i et enkelt regneark. Dette gjør det enklere å sette opp nye tabeller, grafer og sammenligninger som i figuren over - som forøvrig viser median alderen på befolkningen fordelt på andelen av befolkningen som arbeider i jordbruket og region.

Så håper jeg på at folke- og boligtellingen i 2010 vil inneholde de samme indikatorene slik at jeg lett kan legge dem til. Da vil jeg ha 3 tellinger som kan sammenlignes og kan begynne å kalle dette en tidsserie - to tidspunkt er noe stusselig. Muligens vil det også bli mulig å trekke ut noen interessante trender.

Sammenstilte data for de som er interessert: Google Docs regneark