CEPR’s Scorecard Series

April 12, 2011

CEPR’s series of “Scorecard” papers compare the growth of income per person, life expectancy, mortality, literacy, and education in the period since 1980, with the 1960-1980 period. The Scorecards have revealed one of the most significant, yet under-reported phenomena in the post-1980 world (commonly considered to be the era of “globalization” or the “Washington consensus”): the largest drop-off in economic growth, per person, over such an extended period, in modern times. The papers have tracked this significant decline in progress, which is also seen in declines in the other indicators examined, although the new Scorecard notes some signs of improvement.

CEPR’s series of Scorecards on development have had an enormous impact on the debate over globalization around the world, and are among CEPR’s most-widely cited and influential papers on international topics. The Scorecards have been covered in numerous media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, NPR, the Houston Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), Salon.com, and the Christian Science Monitor among many others.

They have been republished by the International Journal of Health Services, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Relations and Security Network, and in books published by Zed Books and Baywood Publishing, among other publications and outlets. The Scorecards have been cited in numerous books, journals, and other publications and by organizations including the UN, World Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization.

The Scorecards have also been included in numerous college course syllabi, and translated into several languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.

The series includes:

The Scorecard on Development, 1960–2016: China and the Global Economic Rebound (2017)

The Scorecard on Development, 1960-2010: Closing the Gap? (2011)

The Scorecard on Development: 25 Years of Diminished Progress (2005)

The Scorecard on Globalization 1980-2000: 20 Years of Diminished Progress (2001)

A launch event for the 2017 Scorecard was held in Washington, DC on October 9, 2017 featuring presentations by Mark Weisbrot; Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals; and Nancy Alexander, Director of the Global Economic Governance Program at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America. 

The findings of the 2011 Scorecard were presented at an event on April 15, 2011. Jomo K. S., Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, joined CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot in the discussion.

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