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#156 Planet Money: Why GDP Matters For Schoolkids

March 2nd, 2010

Episode 248 of 902 episodes

The economies of Jamaica and Barbados — two countries with very similar histories — have grown far apart in the last several decades. That difference in GDP shows up in all sorts of ways, Planet Money's Alex Blumberg found on a recent trip to both countries. Today, we get the first installment: What schools look like in each country. A principal in Jamaica keeps her school running with help from neighborhood volunteers, a donation from a Jamaican pop star and some funding from a U.S. aid program. A principal at a similar school in Barbados says government funding does a pretty good job of meeting the school's needs

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