Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Robert Tamura, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Jorge L García

Committee Member

Curtis Simon


The purpose of this paper is to report the development of the world (and across different regions and countries) using eight different development variables between 1820 and 2010. The regions (or countries) are compared against the world (or region) average for these variables. The regions that are reported are Western Countries (1), Southern Europe (2), Central & Eastern Europe (3), the N.I.C's (4), Asia (5), Sub Saharan Africa (6), Latin America (7), the Middle East (8), and North Africa (9). The variables reported are Real Output per Worker, Real Physical Capital per Worker, Schooling per Worker, Schooling per Young Worker, Human Capital, Total Factor of Productivity, Total Fertility Rate, and Mortality Rate. Through these variables, we can see that there is real growth and development for all of the regions tested (even the region with the smallest Real Output per Worker growth—Sub Saharan Africa—grew by over 3 times). Reporting this data allows for much easier interpretation for how regions (or countries) develop over time when compared to the world (or their region).