Saturday, August 02, 2008

Geography and Wealth


Megan McArdle (July 31, 2008) - GDP: A few pictures are worth a book

When you see the map, it becomes radically apparent just how firmly
Britain was the root of the Industrial revolution. With the lone
exception of Japan, the darkest places on the map are either next to
Britain, or former British colonies. And aside from Saudi Arabia and
Chile, all the growth seems to spread outward from those Anglosphere
points of infection. Nowhere, not even Saudi Arabia, has the income
density of Western Europe and North America.

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