Brookings Data Now: One-fifth or More of World’s Population Living in Energy Poverty

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: living in energy poverty; cash for clunkers; Egyptians’ view on their standard of living; Cuban workers in the private sector; Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

1.3 billion

Number of people worldwide without access to electricity

This amounts to 20 percent of the world’s population living in “energy poverty.” As many as two billion more have limited access only.


Cars were traded in under the “Cash for Clunkers” program

The average rebate was $4,200.


… of Egyptians felt their standard of living had declined since Mohamed Morsi took office in 2012

At the fall of President Mubarak in 2011, unemployment in Egypt was 9 percent; at President Morsi’s fall in 2013, it was 13.5 percent.

2 million

Possible number of Cubans who can be counted as private sector

Out of a workforce of 5.1 million people, over 1 million are fully private sector, with 600,000 to 1 million more are likely working in the private sector.


Number of Syrian refugees living in Turkey

An estimated one-third of them live in 21 refugee camps.

Colleen Lineweaver contributed to this post.