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Country A has 16 million inhabitants and 2.000 MW of solar panel generated power, also a GDP of $50.000 per capita

Country B has 160 million inhabitants and 2 MW of solar panel generated power, also a GDP of $10.000 per capita

Would it be correct to say that country A has two times as much solar power because:

  • If country A was as populous as B, they would have 20.000 MW in solar power.

  • But if country A was as poor as country A, they would have 4.000 MW solar power. So, after adjusting for differences in population and wealth, country A still has 2000 times the solar power that country B has?

Is it correct to compare like that, or not?

Follow up question: Is there a formal way, when comparing countries or groups, to adjust for differences in various traits (such as population size and GDP per Capita?)

So, after adjusting for differences in population and wealth, country A still has 2000 times the solar power that country B has?

Is it correct to compare like that, or not?

  • You probably would need to give a clear definition what Solar Power should exactly be. Assumed you're just measuring Mega Watts these should be set into relation to some other factors as per person, or per GDP (whatever that means). Maybe SE Economics Beta is a site to ask for such. – πάντα ῥεῖ Apr 5 at 18:24
  • Whichever site you try to ask this, or any other, question, I think you should take care to only ask one question per question. – PolyGeo Apr 6 at 0:02
  • `@πάνταῥεῖ What about "2.000 MW of solar panel generated power", is confusing or not clear to you? It's not ambiguous. – Heccate Newb Apr 10 at 10:22

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