The Observatory of Economic Complexity

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Alexander Simoes
Date Published:
January 1, 2011
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The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange.

Each of the different visualizations allow for different views of the same data. The tree maps show the shares of trade that a country of product make up while the stacked area charts show this same data over time. The product space is a unique view of the network of relatedness of products that countries trade. The layout remains fixed while the countries export basket is overlayed with a thick black border on the products they were exporting in the given year.