Department of non-leading indicators

One person on our trip who has spent a lot of time in Cambodia remarked, as we drove down to Siem Reap, that you're seeing a lot fewer monks here than you used to. Her best guess as to why is peace and economic growth; becoming a monk is a way to survive when you have nowhere else to go.

I can't find any good figures on the number of monks in Cambodia. On the other hand, I can't find any good figures on anything here; even GDP figures are fairly crude guesses about what is going on. It's better to watch things like infant mortality and literacy, which are comparitively easy to count. And perhaps we should also be counting the number of orange-wrapped figures in every crowd.