Hans Rosling, at the first TED-conference in India, predicts when China and India will catch up with the United States in terms of income per person. He graphs global economic growth since 1858, depicting some of the main events using images and animated Gapminder charts.
Income per person for Democratic Republic of Congo has been revised. We have made an upward adjustment of the income for 2005 with 25%. We have also adjusted the growth rate from 1991 and on. Congo is still the poorest country in the world. The background and details of this adjustment are documented in our documentation, (p. 23-25).
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About this Video
It was the last 200 years that changed the world. In 1809 all countries of the world had a life expectancy under 40 years and an income per person less than 3000 dollar per year. Since then the world has changed but it was not until after the second world war that most countries started to improve.
For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 – 200 years ago.
The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world.
See the development of three centers of trade, Shanghai, New York and Mumbai.
Also, a comparison of the capitals: Beijing, Washington, D.C. and New Delhi.
And finally, a note from Professor Rosling on how one can measure the progress of President Obama’s intentions to improve the health system of the US.
This data was based on the real growth rate, taken from World Development Indicators 2008, linked to the Income per person at 2003. At the same time the previous data for 2004-2006 was replaced with the new data for all these 173 countries and territories. This was also done for another seven countries, for which the new data only goes to 2005.
For most of these 180 countries or territories this has not caused any major changes in the data. The exceptions are Equatorial Guinea, Montenegro, Dominica and Serbia for which there seem to be discrepancies between the old and new data of up to 20%.
NOTE: “Life expectancy at birth” do also have data for 2006, but many of the other indicators still have no data for 2006.
On request we now add the new indicator “Growth in income per person (% per year)”, defined as the annual growth in Gross Domestic Product per person (percent increase from one year to next). It covers the period 1961-2005.
Note: this indicator is not necessary fully consistent with the “Income per person” indicator since different sources has been used.
Here “Growth in income per person” has been displayed against the level of “Income per person” in Gapminder World.
Hereis a link to the spreadsheet of the indicator.