Author: Bjorn Lomborg
How Much have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050 fits into the ongoing conversation between optimists and pessimists for the last half century. The central question has been: what is the state of the world? The worries of overpopulation, starvation, pollution and running-out-of-everything staked out the pessimist case. The happy-go-lucky attitude gloating in the infallibleness of the market economy stood for the optimists.
Copenhagen Consensus Center's project How Much have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050 measures the main problems on a comparable scale and without the opportunity to just focus on particular areas or statistics that reinforce the optimist or pessimist case.
DCP3 editors Dean Jamsion and Prabhat Jha, and DCP3 Senior Health Economist Stephane Verguet co-authored a chapter for this book, along with Varun Malhotra, entitled "Human Health: The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Human Health." Read more
Lomborg, B (ed). 2013. How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Copenhagen Consensus Center.