Andreas Kreuzeder Posted about 4 years ago Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when Of course development is not only about economy - but economic growth is an important factor. Looking at the history of industrialized countries may offer parallels in the development of wealth, civil rights, equality etc. In that concern, I understand this talk more as an eye-opener than a scientificly sound analysis. However, I do believe that there are better tools to handle the problems you mentioned than 100 years ago. Just think about the Human Development Index, the Gini-Coefficient etc. They take into account that human development is not only about economic growth. We can just hope, that these tools are used!