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Share of World GDP from 1-2008 AD

Not quite scaled correctly on the x-axis, but interesting nonetheless.

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  1. JB says

    The image name is GDP per capita, but it doesn’t look like it. A per capita chart would be quite useful as well, especially given the vastly different population sizes.

  2. Anonymous says


    Unless since changed, the only GDP per capita reference is in the source document title’s name, along with GDP.

  3. SurlyTrader says

    No, it is indeed percentage of global GDP so it does not take into account population size at all. Just think of it as Global Economic Power maybe?

  4. SurlyTrader says

    I think it just means that he had used GDP per capita as a metric to derive global GDP percentages.

  5. Warren says

    Sorry, this chart is re inaccurate — the recent part anyway. I just rechecked Wikipedia and in 2010-2011 the U.S. GDP is about double that of China, which is only narrowly ahead of Japan. In fact I remember a recent news story that China only passed Japan last year, so in 2008 Japan was still #2. By contrast, this chart shows tha in 2008, the U.S. and China GDP was nearly equal, and China was about 3 times Japan. That’s way off.

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