How Was Life?: Global Well-Being Since 1820 - Edited by Jan Luiten van Zanden, Joerg Baten, Marco Mira D’ercole, Auke Rijpma, Conal Smith & Marcel TimmerParis: Organization For Economic Co-Operation & Development, 2014, Paperback.
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From the cover: “How was life in 1820, and how has it improved since then? What are the long-term trends in global well-being? Views on socio-economic developments since the Industrial Revolution are largely based on historical national accounting in the tradition of Kuznets and Maddison. But trends in real GDP per capita may not fully reflect changes in other dimensions of well-being such as life expectancy, education, personal security or gender inequality. Looking at these indicators usually reveals a more equal world than the picture given by economic growth alone, but has this always been the case? This report aims to fill this gap. It presents the first systematic evidence on long-term trends in global well-being since 1820 for 25 major countries and 8 regions in the world. This report not only shows the data but also discusses the underlying sources and their limitations, pays attention to country averages and inequality, and pinpoints avenues for further research.
This report is the product of collaboration between the OECD and the CLIO-INFRA project. It represents the culmination of work by a group of economic historians to systematically chart long-term changes in the dimensions of global well-being and inequality, making use of the most recent research carried out within the discipline. The historical evidence reviewed here is organised around 10 topics that mirror those used by the OECD in its own well-being report How’s Life? and draws on the best sources and expertise currently available for historical perspectives in this field.”