Microeconomics

An Author in Germany

Jakob Nolte, 29, studied writing for the stage at the Berlin University of the Arts. He writes plays and novels.

Microeconomics

An electrician in Ukraine

Evgenia Kalugina is 35 years old and an electrician. She lives with her husband, her 16-year-old daughter and a chameleon in Sloviansk, north of Donetsk. The town is near the frontline of the war in eastern Ukraine.

Microeconomics

A Surveyor in Hong Kong

Bell YT Chan is 39 years old, married and lives in Hong Kong, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in surveying and geoinformatics in 2005 and now works for the geophysical marine survey company EGS.

Microeconomics

A Security Guard in Afghanistan

Mohammed Isah works every day and is paid €157 (£142) a month. The rent for his apartment in a working-class district is €28 a month.

Microeconomics

A Japanese nightclub host

Raito Yagami does not have a regular income, but he estimates that he makes an average of €7,000 a month gross. He works six evenings a week, from 7pm until midnight, but often ends up staying longer.

Microeconomics

A Boxer in Ghana

Richard Commey, 29, is Ghana’s No 1 lightweight boxer, ranked third in the world by the International Boxing Federation and seventh by the World Boxing Council.

Microeconomics

A Masseur in South Africa

He is 42 years old and has been living in South Africa for 12 years. La Rocca earns between €2,900 and €3,260 a month.

Microeconomics

A Cloth Merchant in Togo

Esther Lawson Aziablé is 52 and lives in Lomé, the capital of Togo. She trades in Dutch wax prints, clothing fabrics from the Netherlands that are in great demand in west Africa.

Microeconomics

A Spanish estate agent

Ignacio Ramos lives on the Costa del Sol. Together with two siblings, the 44-year-old runs the family company, Ramos Inmobiliaria, which was started by his father.

Microeconomics

A bank clerk in Indonesia

Nila Windi Hastari is 31 and works in a bank in Yogyakarta in Java, which is the most important of Indonesia’s 1,000 or so inhabited islands, contributing more than half of the country’s GDP.