From EconEdLink, this resource is actually a lesson in which students, using poverty rate as a measure of development, compare how resources are allocated to three economic sectors: agriculture, industry, and service. They then determine whether a relationship exists between a country’s allocation of resources to certain economic sectors and its national poverty rate. They also identify patterns in the geographic distribution of countries.
First, students either download a worksheet or use the interactive online worksheet. They then choose a continent from an online map. The map includes tables showing the percentage of the various countries’ GDP allocated to each of the three economic sectors and the percentage of the population that is at or below the poverty line. The students use this data to determine whether a relationship exists between a country’s allocation of resources to certain economic sectors and its national poverty rate. They then search for patterns and offer hypotheses to explain why the patterns exist. The tool provides teachers with learning advice, a suggested conclusion, and questions and answers, as well as a link to The World Factbook 2005 for students who wish to test their hypotheses further.