Behind the Data
GDP Per Capita
You can find these graphs in “America’s Exceptional Economy,” the first video from the Examining America’s Exceptional Economy series with Ed Lazear. They measure the growth of GDP per capita for the U.K., France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and the United States over time, going back to the 1820s. While Britain had led in terms of GDP per capita, the United States surpassed them in the early 1900s and after World War II, started to pull ahead quite significantly. In 2010, America was 28% richer than Britain, 22% richer than Canada, and 65% richer than Italy.