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Old 07-22-2009, 01:50 PM
popcorn_karate popcorn_karate is offline
 
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Default Re: New diavloggers we'd like to see

this was a shocker:

"between 2001 and 2003 the income of the poorest 10 percent of China's 1.3 billion people had fallen by 2.4 percent, to less than $83 per year. In that same period, the country's economy grew by 10 percent, and its richest people became 16 percent richer."

It seems to run against the meme that the gains in the chinese economy have done more for human happiness than they would have here (will wilkinson seems to be an advocate of this view) because of the vast numbers of desperately poor people becoming somewhat better off, even if still far below western standards of living.

any thoughts on that idea actually being in china?
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