Happy New Year from Us, and a Quick Snapshot of History

As we at Gains from Trade look back over 2013, we realize that there isn’t much on which to reminisce blog-wise. We just started a few days ago. To a bright future ahead, I suppose!

But!

There is much for which the human race should be happy in recent history. Just a one of them can be seen in this article at AEI:

Chart of the greatest and most remarkable achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about

Perhaps I might have missed it, but I haven’t really seen anyone pointing out the 80% reduction in recent years of the worst of global poverty. It is fitting that we should note this achievement for humanity, given the source of the improvement has been the namesake of our blog – gains from trade. More than anything, we have globalization and free trade to thank for the rapid improvement in the fate of the world’s poorest.

For another look at human progress, see

HumanProgress

Of course, I do not wish to paint an overly optimistic picture, but it’s important to take a look back and see how far we’ve come. And we’ve come pretty far since 200 years ago.

In 2014, I wish the world strong institutions so that our standards of living may keep increasing evermore!

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