Last week the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace published a report, In
Search of the Global Middle Class: A New Index, by researcher Uri Dadush,
which uses car ownership rates as an indication of the size of a country's middle class, defined as a household that can purchase non-essential goods.
The results are summarized in the figure below, which were reported in an Atlantic Monthly column, It's
Official: Western Europeans Have More Cars Per Person Than Americans by Max
Fisher, and Opinion