Friday, June 06, 2008

The Power of the Market: 600 Million People in China Have Been Lifted Out of Poverty Since 1981

Economic reforms that started in 1978 have helped lift 635 million Chinese people out of poverty, from 839 million in 1981 to 204 million in 2005 (see chart above), according to this study (Table 2). The poverty rate has fallen from 53% of the population in 1981 to 8% by 2001 (see chart above from the World Bank).

Bottom Line: Free market capitalism is the best path out of poverty. The difference between capitalism and socialism? Capitalism works.


At 6/06/2008 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beauty of Capitalism as it shadows the blight of Communism/Socialism.


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