A Very Depressing Paper on the Great Stagnation – Marginal REVOLUTION

Since 1950 life expectancy at birth has been growing at a remarkably steady rate of about 1.8 years per decade but that growth has only been bought by ever increasing number of researchers. Here, for example, is cancer mortality as function of the number of publications or clinical trials. Each clinical trial used to be associated with ~8 lives saved per 100,000 people but today a new clinical trial is associated with only ~1 life saved per 100,000.

Source: A Very Depressing Paper on the Great Stagnation – Marginal REVOLUTION

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