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My child is at that age of asking difficult questions.

Things like

How come Japan has suffered two nuclear attacks and is still one of the largest economies in the world?

Or

How come people in Africa still live in mud houses and starve on a regular basis?

What good explanations are there for this difference besides race?

closed as off-topic by Hunan Rostomyan, virmaior, Mauro ALLEGRANZA, Dennis, James Kingsbery Jun 11 '14 at 16:50

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    This question appears to be off-topic. – Hunan Rostomyan Jun 10 '14 at 20:59
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    Maybe parenting.SE would be a better place to ask? – DBK Jun 10 '14 at 22:28
  • Be honest - say we do not know, and maybe she will find the answer. – Asphir Dom Jun 10 '14 at 23:22
  • The question as asked is off-topic, but there are probably related on-topic questions. – James Kingsbery Jun 11 '14 at 16:52
  • If s/he is old enough to be interested in these questions, then s/he is probably old enough to understand, at a basic level, that economic and political institutions (e.g. the enforcement of property rights, the rule of law, the ease of starting businesses) have a lot to do with prosperity. You can tell your child that there are people called economists who devote their lives to these questions, that they've figured out a lot but haven't yet figured out everything, and that if these questions continue to fascinate your child, s/he might find a career in this someday. – WillO Jun 15 '14 at 17:31