Publication: 2013-11-05


We hope to help in correcting misperceptions regarding the state of humanity through the presentation of empirical data that focuses on long-term developments.

Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well-being. These improvements are especially striking in the developing world. Unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between the reality and public perception, including that of many policymakers, scholars in unrelated fields, and intelligent lay persons. To make matters worse, the media emphasizes bad news, while ignoring many positive long-term trends.


Name:Owen Ambur



Description: is a project of the Cato Institute with major support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust and the Brinson Foundation.


  • Cato Institute

  • John Templeton Foundation

  • Searle Freedom Trust

  • Brinson Foundation

  • Marian TupyEditor - Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

  • Stephanie RugoloManaging Editor - Research Assistant, Cato Institute

  • Jesse H. AusubelMember of the Advisory Board - Director, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University

  • Roger BateMember of the Advisory Board - Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

  • Mauro De LorenzoMember of the Advisory Board - Senior Research Scholar and Deputy Director, Urbanization Project of New York University's Stern School of Business

  • Mark J. PerryMember of the Advisory Board - Professor of Finance and Business Economics, School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint

  • Matt RidleyMember of the Advisory Board - Scientist, journalist, and businessman

  • Fred SmithMember of the Advisory Board - Founder and Chairman, Competitive Enterprise Institute

  • Ian VásquezMember of the Advisory Board - Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute