Category Archives: Spending

Spending Video Visualizations

Food for $5 – [VIDEO]

The folks over at Buzzfeed have put together a cool visual representation of how much food you can buy or $5 USD in different countries. The foods they look at include bananas, coffee, beef, rice, potatoes, eggs and beer, while the countries investigated are Italy, France, Sweden, Ethiopia, USA, UK, China and Japan.

(h/t flowingdata)

Spending Video Visualizations

5 Years of Mircrofinance Activity – [VIDEO]

What happens when 620,000 lenders fund 615,000 entrepreneurs, students, and other microfinance borrowers around the world? Five+ years of Kiva loan activity (over 4 million lender-borrower connections).

Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance from Kiva on Vimeo.

Politics Spending Visualizations

Obama / Romney Campaign Spending – [VISUALIZATION]

The wonderful tumbler bindersfullofburgers has a couple of great visualisations highlighting where the Obama and Romney campaigns have spent their election dollars.

Obama Campaign
Obama's Campaign Spending

Romney Campaign
Romney's Campaign Spending

(h/t SunlightFoundation)

Spending Video Visualizations

UK Gov Savings 2011/12 – [VISUALIZATION]

Last month, the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) released details of their approach to eradicating wasteful government spending and how this achieved over £5.5 billion in savings for the UK taxpayer.

Strict spending controls were implemented cut expenditure by departments on IT contracts, property, marketing, temporary staff and consultancy. These savings are highlighted in a useful Tree-map and accompanying video below released by the Cabinet Office.
Government savings 2011-12

The video – created by the Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office and released as part of the same news story – outlines how and where the 2011/12 £5.5bn in savings were achieved. It breaks down the £5.5bn into its component parts (as outlined in the graphic above) to show where and how the money was saved.

Altogether the Tree-map and accompanying video represent a clear and effective mechanism of communicating the breath of savings the Cabinet office ERG group have achieved over the past year.

(via Cabinet Office)

Infographic Politics Spending

US Gov Bailouts by Industry – [INFOGRAPHIC]

NPR’s Planet Money team have created a simple infographic to highlight the US Government’s bailout of various  industries over the past four years. The infographic highlights that:

while much of the bailout money has been paid back, the government still owns large shares in companies such as AIG and GM, and has yet to recoup some $200 billion in bailouts.

Gov Bailouts

The figures on which the infographic is based come from ProPublica, and are based on funds disbursed by the Treasury Department, but exclude programs launched by the Federal Reserve as part of the bailout. Repayments are based on money recovered by the Treasury through direct payments, dividends, interest, stock sales and other collateral.

Beware, however, as the numbers above do not tell the full story about the cost of these bailouts. For more on this, check The Profitable Bailout? Inside the Real Costs of the Saving AIG and Wall St.

(via Planet Money)

Europe Infographic Spending

Ireland’s Bank Bailout – [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ireland’s disastrous bank bailout has seen the Government pump more than €64.1 billion into the majority of Irish banks. The effect of this saw the country apply to he EU and IMF for a bailout to keep the sovereign afloat. Newly elected TD Stephen Donnelly reveals the context of this bailout in comparison with other EU countries.

The graphic underlines the impact that the banking crisis has had on the average Irish taxpayer.

Bank Bailout: Unbearable

(via Stephen Donnelly)

Graphs and Charts Spending

How The Poor And The Rich Spend Their Money – [GRAPHIC]

As part of NPR’s Graphing America series, Planet Money takes a look at how the poor, middle class and rich spend their money. Not surprisingly, the poor spend more of their money on essentials like groceries and utilities while the rich spend more on education and saving for retirement.

The figures highlighted in the graph above come from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, which includes lots of useful data on spending patterns in the U.S.

(via Planet Money)

Politics Spending Visualizations

Presidential Candidates Money Raising – [VIDEO]

The video shows how presidential candidates (Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich) raised money state by state during 2011/2012.

The circle sizes indicate the amount of contribution per capita giving to the candidates by each state. The timelines show the overall money per capita raised by candidates during a particular time.

The data is based on the Sunlight Foundations APIs, based on Federal Election Commission data released on Feb. 2012.

(via Sunlight Foundation)

Graphs and Charts Spending Visualizations

50 Years Of US Government Spending – [GRAPH]

The fascinating graphic below – from NPR – details US federal government spending and how this has changed from 50 years ago, 25 years ago and last year. It categories spending into areas such as defense, social security and medicaid.

50 Years Of Government Spending, In 1 Graph

For more details on the categorisations above, check out Planet Money’s blog post on the chart.

Data sourceOffice of Management and Budget

(via NPR Planet Money)

Infographic Spending

Spending Patterns: 1947 – 2007 – [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Atlantic has published research into how US consumer spending has changed in 2007 compared to 1947 levels. The results are visualized through two interactive infographics, which tell the story of we’re now spending less on the production of tangible goods and more on services such as health care, education and recreation.

From the article:

Taking 1967 as our starting point, 30% of the cost of the things we consumed that year went to manufacturing them; by 2007, that figure had fallen to 16%. In contrast, what we spent on business services over the same period jumped from 12% to 26%. That’s because baked into the price of everything we buy is the rising cost of advertising, accounting, legal services, insurance, real estate, consulting, and the like—jobs performed by the high-wage workers of our modern economy.

Click on the images for the full interactive infographics.

Infographic: How spending has changed

Change in spending over the past 40 years

Infographic: How we spend (Breaking It Down)

The infographics were created by Kiss Me I’m Polish, based on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce and Census Bureau and noted the challenge in converting the complex datasets into a high level overview:

The data set we were provided was full of complexities – and we wanted our illustration to reflect those meticulous details without becoming visually overwhelming. So we created simple charts and blasted them with a hefty dose of playful and comprehensive imagery.

(via The Atlantic)