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comparison of seLected consumer
goods, south asia and the united states
Televisions

Factors Affecting Growth
The teaching of English-the language
of international commerce-is a legacy
of British colonialism that has worked
in India's favor. A common language,
a stable democratic government, and
improvements in infrastructure have
encouraged foreign investment.
What does India's growth mean to the
average person? With 75 percent of the
people still trying to exist on only two
dollars a day, it means slow but improving
access to more consumer goods and more
opportunities. Microlending , the practice
of making small loans to people starting
their own businesses, is one way that the
country's growing prosperity reaches even
its poorest citizens.

Before You move on

Cell Phone
Subscriptions

Personal
Computers

Total Number
of Automobiles

(per thousand people)

Bangladesh

85

217

12

185,000

33

172

16

10,574

78

44

12

8,619,000

40

345

109

3,393

7

7

4

66,395

131

32

4

1,559,284

111

115

28

293,747

893

774

755

136,431,000

Bhutan

India

Maldives

Nepal

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Monitor Comprehension What economic factors
contributed to rapid growth in India?
U.S.A.

Between 2000 and 2007

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica

ongoing assessment

data L ab

GeoJournal
GeoJournal

1. identify Based on the chart, which South
Asian nation has the most consumer goods
overall?
2. Location How do you explain the Maldives
having the most cell phone subscriptions in
South Asia?
3. evaluate Based on what you know, what
factors allow the United States to have so
many consumer goods?
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