The Indian Economy Blog

September 5, 2007

New Insights On Poverty And Life

Filed under: Growth,Health,Human Capital — Neelakantan @ 6:12 pm

around the world, again by Hans Gosling. Dont miss it – worth every minute. This talk is a follow up to the previous one (thanks Ajoy for the comment) that we had posted last week.

And, thanks to Nikhil, the data is available on the web too. Here it is where it is available at Google, since Google acquired the Trendalyzer software that Hans uses to present in the talk. Go, play with the data here, there are dropdowns on the x as well as the y-axis that make for some interesting analysis.


  1. Thank you, this was worth every minute!

    Comment by little Ram — September 5, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

  2. uhmmm..dont mean to be a pain ..but i feel a litle let down coz i gave the link to the second talk by hans g…. (i need some link love .. bah!)


    Comment by ajoy — September 6, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  3. yup ajoy, made that change! Thanks for pointing out the oversight.

    Comment by Neelakantan — September 6, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  4. Hans Rosling, not Gosling. Sheesh.

    Comment by Atanu Dey — September 15, 2007 @ 3:09 am

  5. TODAY,
    as cmpared to the past poverty has reduced . GDP growth rate has gone up to 9% . When we say there is a growth but what type of growth it is . Is it an because of induatry growth or financial growth . When i say or think that there is 9% growth i am sorry we are not there is still poor people starving for food in south india there are no clean water because of this there is lot of deseases spread which lead to dead .there is still unempoyment in india especially in the rural areas . if u read whole story of nandigram about the people u will UNDERSTAND it better .

    Comment by lakshmi — September 27, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  6. Lakhshmi, I don’t think anyone on here has any illusions about the scale of the problem of poverty in India. However, there has been a dramatic shift in lifestyles in the past 15 or 20 years. Growth in India has been industrial, financial and yes even in agrcultural areas. It has been multi-dimensional in every sense.

    The people who are losing out are those who are not able to jump on the bus for varied reasons – poor education or lack of adequate skills being major factors.

    Comment by Nikhil Nayak — October 2, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

  7. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Just wanted inform you of a recently launched blog which may be of interest to you, End Poverty in South Asia (, which addresses common issues you’re discussing.

    The blog is maintained by Shanta Devarajan, the Chief Economist of the South Asia Region at the World Bank. Its goal is to create conversation around how South Asia can end poverty in a generation.

    Share your thoughts here:

    Comment by Loren — October 2, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

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