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Book Review/Summary: “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy

This post will review/summarise a new book on progress that was recently released, “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy. It is a nice coffee table book and a really short but interesting quick read. They begin the book with an interesting poll conducted by YouGov in 2016Continue reading “Book Review/Summary: “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy”

A silver lining: do we have more trees now than in 1982?

A very commonly held opinion is that the number of trees in the world are decreasing over time. Indeed, that’s the opinion I held until recently. On the FAO’s website, it states: “Since 1990, it is estimated that 420 million hectares of forest have been lost through conversion to other land uses, although the rateContinue reading “A silver lining: do we have more trees now than in 1982?”

Progress Studies Assorted Links 2

Tony Blair and Chris Yiu write on the need for progress. “The Baker Hypothesis” a new (NBER) economics working paper by Chari, Henry, and Reyes. They find that in emerging and developing economies, the average rate of real GDP growth is higher after countries adopt ‘free-market policies’ such as: inflation stabilisation, trade liberalisation, greater opennessContinue reading “Progress Studies Assorted Links 2”

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