Easy way to tell if the economic policies of a country are working for the average person: observe the actitivities of the border guards of that country.
1. If the border guards are patrolling the border to keep peeople IN the country from LEAVING, it's a sure sign that the economic policies are NOT working well for the average person, e.g. Cuba, former East Germany, the former Soviet Union, North Korea, former communist China, etc.
2. If the border guards are partolling the border to keep from OUTSIDE the country from ENTERING the country, it's a sure sign that the economic policies are working VERY WELL for the average person, e.g. the United States border with Mexico.
I first heard this in graduate school from fellow George Mason grad student Tony Caporale.