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September 22, 2006

Most interesting graphic of the month


It accompanied an essay by Michael Milken that appeared on the editorial page of the September 19, 2006 Wall Street Journal.

How things were back in 1820 is pretty amazing.

1950 appears to be as good as it's ever going to get in the U.S.

I wonder what the graph will look like in 2182.

I'll take a guess and say more like 1820 than 1950.

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It would be interesting to see a related graph for per-capita income. This might give a different impression.

Posted by: Karl Zipser | Sep 23, 2006 3:02:56 PM

Similar, animated graph featuring name popularity through time in the US.


Posted by: Mb | Sep 23, 2006 7:26:18 AM

It isn't necessarily the share of the pie thats important. Its the size of the pie too.

40% of a 12 inch pie is not as good as 30% of a 36inch pie.

For example, the World GDP in millions of constant $US rose from
9,429,556 to 35,111,120 from 1965 to 2004.

25% of 9,429,556 = 2,357,389 million
20% of 35,111,120 = 7,022,224 million

So the US GDP tripled from 1965 to 2004. Approximately.

Very, very good. Downright excellent.

"1950 appears to be as good as it's ever going to get in the U.S"


Posted by: Bruce | Sep 23, 2006 12:35:14 AM

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