Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:50:07 GMT | By Daniel Fisher, Forbes.com
World's worst economies

Many of these countries are rich in resources, but in overall economic terms, they're at the bottom of the list.



Many of these countries are rich in resources, but in overall economic terms, they're at the bottom of the list. (© iStock)
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To construct the list, we pulled a broad range of economic statistics from the International Monetary Fund, supplementing with other sources including the CIA World Factbook, the U.S. State Department and various development organizations. A country's natural wealth has little to do with whether it will land on the World's Worst Economies list; resource-rich countries like Yemen and Chad make it solely because of their own mismanagement. Click through for a look at the world's weakest economies.

* We used three-year averages for per-capita income and GDP, to smooth out temporary changes. This list is not exhaustive; North Korea is clearly the world's worst economy but with no reliable statistics we can't compare it with the rest of the world.

* Bing: World's best economies

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