# The poorest countries in the world have a per capita income of about $600 today. We can ## Question: The poorest countries in the world have a per capita income of about$600 today. We can reasonably assume that it is nearly impossible to live on an income below half this level (below $300). Per capita income in the United States in 2010 was about$43,000. With this information in mind, consider the following questions.
(a) For how long is it possible that per capita income in the United States has been growing at an average annual rate of 2% per year?
(b) Some economists have argued that growth rates are mis measured. For example, it may be difficult to compare per capita income today with per capita income a century ago when so many of the goods we can buy today were not available at any price then. Suppose the true growth rate in the past century was 3% per year rather than 2%. What would the level of per capita income in 1800 have been in this case? Is this answer plausible?
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