Re: poly: Modeling Economic Singularities

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Thu Apr 30 1998 - 14:27:20 PDT

At 04:57 PM 4/30/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Robin Hanson writes:
>> >The U.S. had similar growth rates during the industrial revolution.
>> Britain invested huge amounts in the U.S. during this period. An isolated
>> U.S. would not have grown nearly as fast.
>Britain also had massive growth in this period. Who was the external

What period are you talking about?
Britain roughly doubled its GDP from 1830 to 1870, and then doubled again
from 1870 to 1910. (Per-capita growth was slower, doubling once in this
whole period.) Britain grew *slower* than the rest of Europe.
How is this at all comparable to Peter's factor of 100 in 10 years?

Robin Hanson
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Received on Thu Apr 30 21:43:24 1998

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