The Wall Street Journal has created a series of time lapse visualizations that illustrate the sometimes wild fluctuation of yields on government bonds—which can serve as an indicator of a country’s financial health—in Europe as the result of the Eurozone debt crisis. The visualizations compare Eurozone countries considered to be financially strong, such as Austria and the Netherlands, with struggling countries such as Greece and Portugal. As the time lapses progress, the visualizations indicate major events and policy changes at the European Central Bank that influenced the Eurozone’s financial environment, such as interest rate cuts and the introduction of quantitative easing.
Visualizing the Effects of the Eurozone Crisis
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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