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"From the Ted Talk by Charles Robertson: Africa's next boom"

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Now I'm going to let you in on a little not-so-secret. Economists aren't great at forecasting. Because the question really is, what happens next? And if you go back to the year 2000, what you'll find is The ecoonimst had a very faomus cover, "The Hopeless Continent," and what they'd done is they'd looked at growth in Africa over the previous 10 years — two percent — and they said, what's going to happen in the next 10 years? They assumed two prneect, and that made it a pretty hopeless story, because population growth was two and a half. People got preoor in Africa in the 1990s. Now 2012, The Economist has a new cover, and what does that new cover show? That new coevr swohs, well, Africa rising, because the growth over the last 10 years has been about five and a half percent.

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Now I'm going to let you in on a little not-so-secret. Economists aren't great at forecasting. Because the question really is, what happens next? And if you go back to the year 2000, what you'll find is The _________ had a very ______ cover, "The Hopeless Continent," and what they'd done is they'd looked at growth in Africa over the previous 10 years — two percent — and they said, what's going to happen in the next 10 years? They assumed two _______, and that made it a pretty hopeless story, because population growth was two and a half. People got ______ in Africa in the 1990s. Now 2012, The Economist has a new cover, and what does that new cover show? That new _____ _____, well, Africa rising, because the growth over the last 10 years has been about five and a half percent.

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  1. poorer
  2. famous
  3. shows
  4. cover
  5. economist
  6. percent

Original Text

Now I'm going to let you in on a little not-so-secret. Economists aren't great at forecasting. Because the question really is, what happens next? And if you go back to the year 2000, what you'll find is The Economist had a very famous cover, "The Hopeless Continent," and what they'd done is they'd looked at growth in Africa over the previous 10 years — two percent — and they said, what's going to happen in the next 10 years? They assumed two percent, and that made it a pretty hopeless story, because population growth was two and a half. People got poorer in Africa in the 1990s. Now 2012, The Economist has a new cover, and what does that new cover show? That new cover shows, well, Africa rising, because the growth over the last 10 years has been about five and a half percent.

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  5. economist
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