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Largest Economies in 2050

Name the countries which are projected to have the largest economies in 2050.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, February 2015
All data in billions of US$ - purchasing power parity
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First submittedDecember 19, 2012
Last updatedNovember 4, 2018
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GDP
Country
53,553
China
41,384
United States
27,937
India
8,742
Indonesia
8,534
Brazil
7,914
Japan
7,087
Mexico
GDP
Country
6,610
Russia
6,354
Nigeria
6,338
Germany
5,744
United Kingdom
5,207
France
4,481
Saudi Arabia
4,354
Turkey
GDP
Country
4,142
South Korea
3,617
Italy
3,583
Canada
3,099
Spain
2,903
Australia
2,896
Egypt
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level 77
Mar 6, 2013
Very interesting quiz, and it's always fun to project into the future but also notoriously inaccurate. The top 3 spots are interesting. Of course the USA currently dwarfs everyone else but they are busy right now dismantling everything that made them so and have been hard at work at that ever since Reagan. Everyone predicts China will keep growing as they are but I'm very skeptical- not because of their politics but actually because of their one-child policy which presents a unique and enormous demographic problem to an emerging capitalist country. India's growth I see as more sustainable but they're also less politically stable. I also would not be surprised to see some countries like Thailand, The Philippines, or Bangladesh crack the top 20 by 2050. They have the potential to. Saudi Arabia's economy depends almost 100% on oil so of course these projections depend on continued reliance on (and supply of) fossil fuels which may or may not be the case so far down the road.
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level 45
Apr 22, 2013
I completely agree with you. I typed the three (Thailand, The Philippines, and Bangladesh, though I doubted the last) because I believed they would somehow manage to take place in the top 20.
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level 56
Jun 30, 2016
Thailand: possibly, but they have heavy political unstability. Pakistan: no - they have way too many internal discord - considering that their north-west frontier province is actually a part of the Pashtun homeland that was torn apart during colonial times and that their western province of Baluchistan is also splitting the Baluchis (an Irani people) between Pakistan and Iran. I don't expect to see Pakistan survive until 2050 -- more likely a union between SIndh and West Punjab will survive. Bangladesh - great potential, but we need to see. Right now they are battling extremists and extreme poverty.
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level 28
Jun 30, 2016
I just typed in the most popular and the largest countries so it suprised me when it said"South Korea"
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level 56
Aug 15, 2019
Bangladesh actually has one of the highest rates of economic growth in the world right now. There are certainly challenges, but for the most part development is happening rapidly. A Business Insider article I found puts Bangladesh at #23 and the Phillippines at #19, and it also has Pakistan and Vietnam cracking the top 20.
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level 26
Sep 7, 2014
I believe Bangladesh and the Philippines will face too much environmental issues throughout the next decades, which will probably hinder them becoming major economic powers.
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level 27
Sep 6, 2016
for now the Philippine economy is growing at a fast rate, that is why we're called the "rising tiger of asia"
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level 38
Jun 2, 2017
Well the Phillipines might be soon be part of the Economic Tigers of Asia '. (Singapore South Korea Taiwan Japan) (( Or maybe Japan is not part of them and the Phillipines is part of it))
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level 77
Sep 15, 2014
Using silly PPP makes it even more impossible to predict, too. Like we know what the cost of living in Nigeria 36 years from now is going to be...
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level ∞
Sep 15, 2014
PPP should make it easier to predict since we won't have to guess about the vagaries of the currency market.
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level 77
Sep 16, 2014
How so? PPP means we have to guess about the vagaries of the currency market AND the vagaries of inflation, and wages, and standards of living, and everything else that effects the prices of the goods that PPP is based on.
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level 36
Sep 15, 2014
I wouldn't say India is politically unstable. They have a strong and reliable democratic process and a competent army to protect it. What is unstable is their foreign policy that changes with each change in government.
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level 77
Sep 15, 2014
I just said they were less stable than China. More unpredictability in the system makes growth projections harder to make.
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level ∞
Jun 27, 2016
It is interesting to see how the list changed between 2013 and 2015. Estimates for the US increased by 4 billion and estimates for India decreased by 7 billion. It would seem that, in general, predictions for the demise of the US and the rise of Asia have been overly enthusiastic.
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level 47
Jun 28, 2016
Those numbers are tiny though, less than 1% change. Unless you meant trillion?
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level ∞
Jun 28, 2016
D'oh! Yes, trillion of course.
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level 32
Sep 15, 2014
Look, just because a country got a big economy doesn't mean that its always good.
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level 77
Sep 16, 2014
Who said that?
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level 45
Sep 16, 2014
100% WOOHOO!!!
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level 66
Sep 24, 2014
just for my personnal information, what about South Africa ?
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level 38
Oct 23, 2014
South Africa is not member of G-20 and it is not too closer to be part of them!
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level 57
Dec 30, 2014
Forgot Vietnam
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level 77
Jan 3, 2015
Vietnam has changed so much in the last six years or so it's incredible. I was in Saigon in 2008... there was hardly a single private car on the road. Just a handful of taxi cabs and a buttload of cheap motorbikes. I went back last year and cars are everywhere. New, modern buildings are going up. The pace and extent of change is amazing.
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level 58
Aug 16, 2015
How so? They are a socialist state, unless they follow what China is doing...
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level 77
Sep 5, 2016
Communist really isn't an economic or social theory as applied in Asia so much as it is a word that means single-party authoritarian government. Go to Vietnam and you will see that, for all intents and purposes, they have fully embraced capitalism.
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level 20
Jul 27, 2015
Almost forgot Canada.
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level 20
Jul 27, 2015
btw i'm not American
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level 77
Jun 28, 2016
I guess Vietnam didn't make the cut this latest round
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level 70
Jun 28, 2016
maybe they should rethink putting the UK on this list
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level 33
Jul 25, 2016
Haha yes And Italy (possibly France, Germany and Spain but I think the former two would be able to ride it out) should the Eurozone be no more come 2050. Italy has huge financial problems. That coupled with the refugee crisis, I expect it would drop off this list easily
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level 38
Sep 5, 2016
The UK will be fine. Leaving the EU is not the disaster some say it is. Besides, having a large economy doesn't mean that the standard of living will be any good. Pretty sure Brazil for example will still be a global crime hotspot.
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level 57
Dec 15, 2018
Leaving the EU is a pretty bad idea and will almost certainly make the economy worse. Whether this effect will be big enough to make the UK drop off the list remains to be seen, especially as predicting the future is generally quite difficult. My guess is that the effect will not be great enough to make that happen, and will probably be largely diluted by other economic events by 2050.
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level 44
Sep 5, 2016
Wasn't too sure if Spain would be on there but managed to get them all in plenty of time
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level 51
Sep 5, 2016
I don't expect Saudi Arabia will actually be there. They are already foregoing saving in their sovereign wealth funds in order to produce oil more cheaply than the Americans. At current rates of drawdown, they will be out of cash in 5 years, and god only knows what happens when they run out of money to placate their people
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level 47
Sep 5, 2016
5 years is a long time though. Just saying that oil prices will definitely rise in 5 years time.
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level ∞
Sep 5, 2016
Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia does seem too high on the list. They currently have a high GDP/capita and also a quickly growing population. I wonder if their 2050 GDP projection is just a simplistic extrapolation of those two things.

But there is only so much oil money to go around. Its also likely that the demand for oil will be significantly lower by 2050 as gas-powered cars become rare or even banned - as is scheduled in the Netherlands.

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level 77
Jul 20, 2019
Hey, who knows? Maybe with global warming and rising sea levels, by 2050 the demand for sandbags will be huge. Saudi Arabia has a lot of sand.
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level 38
Sep 7, 2016
Spain and Italy but not Norway? Where did this Pricewatercoopers took its opinions?
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level 47
Sep 7, 2016
Spain's population is 9 times the size of Norway. You think that the average Norwegian will be 9 times richer than Spaniard in 2050?
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level 61
Feb 4, 2019
This might be a very silly question. But it really isnt my area of interest/expertise. What exactly does it mean, biggest economy? Apparently not the amount a person has to spend per capita. So is it the money being made by products made and services rendered by that country? I honestly dont have a clue.

(and english not being my mother tongue doesnt help with all these terms/jargon flying around like gdp ppp etc... to me it just looks like someone stuttering haha)

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level 57
Sep 8, 2016
It is only 2016!!!!!!!!! Why are you making a quiz about the future!?!?!?!?
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level 60
Dec 16, 2016
Because there are projections out there which happen to be interesting.
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level 67
Oct 6, 2018
'Cos you can't make a 'forecast' about the past.
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level 58
Jun 28, 2017
And then...war happened
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level 51
Oct 28, 2017
Did Vietnam vanished way ?
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level 27
Mar 28, 2018
My main question and observation about this list is , why no Iran? They have a young robust population who are highly educated and also have the backing of oil much like Saudi Arabia. The only thing they are lacking is the connections with the US. They could easily make these connections with China due to the massive New Silk Road Initiative that Iran will be a major hub of. So who knows. Definitely a quiz that makes you think. Population is a key resource in global economic hegemony.
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level 61
Dec 15, 2018
Surprising that the United Arab Emirates isn't on there.
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level 34
Sep 3, 2019
surprised that poland did'nt make its way into this list