According to some experts, we have reached the age of abundance, and the “trickle-down effect” will take care of the poorer lot of the world – as they say, “The rising tide will raise all the boats.”
The facts and figures, however, show a very different picture of the world we live in. We seem to be living in an “Siphoning-Up Economy”.
According to UNDP's Human Development Report (1998) :
The UNDP’s Human Development Report (1999) had these statistics :
Some more facts from other sources: