Economic development makes every country healthier and richer

Incredible visualization of 200 years of economic development and improvements in health around the world.  A professor creates an entertaining visual of how health and wealth has increased in 200 countries over 2 centuries.  Does it all in under 5 minutes.  In 1810 all countries of the world were poor and sick.  The industrial revolution started many countries up the health and wealth climb.  World War I and the influenza epidemic knocked everyone back.  The great depression moved many countries back in wealth but not in health.  After WWII, lots of countries really took off.

There are big disparities in 2009, but the improvements everywhere from 1810 to 2009 are mind-boggling.  The overall change is astounding – you have to see it to believe it.  Few countries are left in the poor and sick area today.  Most people live in the middle of wealth scale and most of the people on the planet are at the upper end of the health scale.

The million dollar question?  What drives the improvement?  Watch it twice to see if you think that economic development is the driver for all of it.  Compare what you know about when countries started adopting the capitalist, industrial approach to their economy.

Lessons?  Take your pick.  War is bad for everyone.  Epidemics are really bad.  Economic growth helps everyone.  More economic growth would close the gap between top and bottom.

Biggest factor I see in the video?  Economic growth from capitalism means a country can afford better infrastructure and disease prevention meaning everyone is healthier.  If we can keep from killing ourselves from another world war and keep from killing the economic engine that got us here, the future is brighter than today!

(Hat tip Exurban League)

3 Responses to Economic development makes every country healthier and richer

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