The Data Story of Zimbabwe By: Briannah

GAPMINDER STUDY: My chart was on electricity usage per person and income per person in Zimbabwe. What happened with Zimbabwe was that the dot (on the chart in GapMinder) was only moving back and forth and not very much up and down.

WHY I THINK THIS HAPPENED: I think this is because even when the payment goes up and down the electricity usage stays about the same because everyone probably knows that electricity is very expensive. I think that when the income goes up so does the usage because then the people can pay for the electricity that they use. But due to Zimbabwe being a semi-poor country, people don’t get that much of a payment they don’t have enough to spend on energy uses other than the basic necessities.

HYPERINFLATION IN ZIMBABWE: In 2008 Zimbabwe was at it’s lowest payment in 37 years. I believe this was because - now I had to do some research but - of hyperinflation, this is because Zimbabwe was at the height of its hyperinflation. (Hyperinflation usually happens when a very high increase in the money supply is not supported by the Gross Domestic Product).

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