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More of We're Much Wealthier

Posted By Don Boudreaux On August 31, 2006 @ 10:06 am In Standard of Living | Comments Disabled

As research for my own book, I’m re-reading Tyler Cowen’s indispensable volume, In Praise of Commercial Culture [1] (1998).  (Here [2], by the way, is a review that I wrote in 1999 of this book.)  On page 31 I ran across this interesting fact — one that further supports my claim [3] that the quality of life today in America today is vastly superior to what it was 30 or 40 years ago:

From 1965 to 1990 America grew from having 58 symphony orchestras to having nearly 300, from 27 opera companies to more than 150, and from 22 non-profit regional theaters to 500.

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[1] In Praise of Commercial Culture: http://www.lfb.com/index.php?deptid=&parentid=&stocknumber=CL8185&page=1&itemsperpage=24

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[3] my claim: http://cafehayek.com/2006/08/were_much_wealt.html

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