In the closing pages of Calculation and Coordination, Boettke includes the basic correlations between GDP and a variety of “real” -ly important social variables: sanitation, education, life expectancy, and infant mortality among others. The color coded economic freedom map, can easily be thought of as the “where would you like to live test?”
But check out these cool new visualizations. My favorites:
Especially when compared to GDP:
Who gets the most productive GDP bang for their consumption of energy and non-renewable resource buck? Which seems like a lower cost strategy: inhibiting high gdp : high energy consumer countries from marginally increasing both or helping low gdp : medium energy countries increase their gdps at current energy levels?