The Observatory of Economic Complexity

What started as a master's thesis for Datawheel's Alexander Simoes has since become the internet's epicenter of international trade data. The Observatory of Economic Complexity visualizes over 50 years of UN Comtrade data in one easy to use, public interface. Using a new form of visualization known as the Product Space, the OEC provides its users with coherent visual narratives about the trade economies of over 200 countries.

See the inner workings of the world's economy through thousands of custom visualizations, presented with comprehensive controls for precise exploration.

The Observatory of Economic Complexity makes it possible to answer specific, fundamental questions regarding product trade, economic complexity, and trends over time.

It was designed with both the rigorous academic as well as the curious observer in mind. Despite the platform's simple and intuitive design, the OEC makes it possible to make sense of the complexities of the world's economy.

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