Nobel Prize per capita vs GDP per capita

I have looked into scientific nobel prizes per capita and its correlation with GDP per capita. My sources were:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Nobel_laureates_per_capita

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

There is one country, Saint Lucia, which stands out as number one, and has relatively low GDP per capita. The correlation depends a lot on inclusion of this country, among 49 countries.

The correlation without including Saint Lucie is 0.76, which is quite high. With Saint Lucie, correlation is 0.47. So it is a big difference actually. It has only one scientific economics nobel prize, but population is around 180000, so it stands out. Taiwan and Spain are also some anomalies on the other side but I will keep them.

I will plot it without Saint Lucie.

nobe_gdp_per_capita

Scientific Nobel per capita vs GDP per capita(international dollars).

 

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