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Globalization and the Great Recession

Understand how our interconnected global finance system helped spread the financial contagion of 2008.

24 percent

of the world economy was made up by the U.S. economy in 2015. In 1960, the U.S. share was almost 40 percent.

Source: World Bank

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Trains, Planes, and Shipping Containers

See how three innovations shaped how people and goods move around the modern world.

3.441 billion people

traveled via airplane in 2015—an increase of more than 11 times from 310 million in 1970.

Source: World Bank

How Globalization Affects You

Explore why globalization is one of the defining realities of modern existence.

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