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How ideas trump economic crises — a surprising lesson from 1929: Alex Tabarrok on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 14:33.)

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Comments (2)

  • Srishti Kapoor commented on May 14 2009

    a good talk but a higher GDP doesn’t necessarily mean development.The gap between the poor and the rich is widening in India and China and it’s not just the rich getting richer but also the poor getting poorer.Also didn’t WW II lead to a rise in the economy,giving it a platform for further growth,so couldn’t today’s scenario be closer to the predictions around the 1940′s?

  • thai politic commented on Apr 28 2009

    good talk