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Published on Oct 24, 2012
At TEDxStellenbosch 2012, Stan du Plessis explains the economic history of humankind and how it was largely characterised by long-run stagnation and subsistence. He explains how our capacity for cooperation has determined the growth of prosperity, and how the latest countries to experience an industrial revolution are doing so at a much faster rate than any economies before them.
Stan is a macroeconomist at Stellenbosch University. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Stellenbosch and is the President of the Economic Society of South Africa. He was a member of the "Harvard group" of economists who advised government on policy since 2006.
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