02 December 2010
Two centuries of world economic history
Almost three years ago I wrote a post about how fertility and longevity correlate with income, citing the outstanding data assembled by Hans Rosling at his Gapminder site. I also linked to his stunning TED talk that is still worth your while if you haven't seen it.
Now he has a new presentation - The Joy of Stats - hosted by the BBC. Embedded above is an excerpt showing how (contrary to some people's misconceptions) the world as a whole has gotten wealthier and healthier in the last two centuries.
Found at The Pajama Pundit.
Addendum: The charts used in this lecture are drawn on a log-linear scale. On the financial x-axis, the three labeled ticks are $400, $4000, and $40,000. There is a vigorous debate as to whether this is appropriate at Kids Prefer Cheese, via The Daily Dish.