Emerging markets are countries with some characteristics of a developed market but are not yet fully developed. These countries have rapid GDP growth and industrialization, growing per capita income, increasing debt and equity markets liquidity, and established financial system infrastructures. Emerging countries are attractive due to higher risk and return premium over already developed countries.

Indicator Least
Developed
Countries
Average Source: United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) classification.

*Average calculated for countries where data is available
Emerging Markets
Average
Major
Developed
Countries
Average Source: United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) classification.

*Average calculated for countries where data is available
GDP growth (annual %)-0.48%-5.04%-6.37%
GNI growth (annual %)-0.75%-4.59%-6.89%
Inflation, consumer prices (annual %)11.69%2.39%0.54%
Real interest rate (%)11.9%5.38%1.75%
Current account balance (% of GDP)-4.99%0.82%0.69%
Imports of goods and services (annual % growth)-2.93%-9.99%-11.07%
Exports of goods and services (annual % growth)-1.98%-9.4%-12.74%
Unemployment, total (% of total labor force) (modeled ILO estimate)6.46%8.19%6.76%
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Source: World Bank