Schéma paru dans La Libre
Paru dans le Financial Times
World real gross domestic product grew by about 145 per cent from 1980 to 2007, or by an average of roughly 3,4 per cent a year.
Even if the recession is entirely blamed on capitalism, and it deserves a good share of the blame, the recession-induced losses pale in comparison with the great accomplishements of prior decades. Suppose, for example, that the recession turns into a depression, where world GDP falls in 2008-10 by 10 per cent, a pessimistic assumption. Then the net growth in world GDP from 1980 to 2010 would amount to 120 per cent, or about 2,7 per cent a year over this 30-year period. This allowed real per capita incomes to rise by almost 40 per cent even though world population grew by roughly 1,6 per cent a year over the same period.