I am an economist working at the University of Oxford. My research interests are the growth and distribution of living standards globally.
Most of my research is concerned with inclusive and sustainable growth. These interests go back to my studies: In addition to economics I studied philosophy and geoscience. I have a BSc in geoscience, a BA and an MA in philosophy, an MSc in economics, and a doctorate from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
The world is awful. The world is much better. The world can be much better. All three statements can be valid at the same time, writes Our World in Data's Max Roser.
Research suggests that many children – especially in the world’s poorest countries – learn very little in school, with illiteracy rates reaching up to 90%.
To protect our planet’s forests the world as a whole would need to achieve the turnaround from deforestation to reforestation – a global forest transition.
Research shows that 62% of the world live on less than $10 per day. Even after centuries in the fight against poverty, we are still in the early stages.
Child mortality has seen a steady decline thanks to improvements in nutrition, healthcare, housing and education. But, millions of children still die prematurely each year.
Without significant economic growth to increase the average income in disadvantaged countries, it will not be possible for people to leave poverty behind.
The price of renewable energy has fallen significantly in the past few years, with the cost of solar falling by 89% in the last decade.
England was the first country to achieve sustained economic growth, where the material living conditions of a population improve over several generations. This is how.
The Spanish Flu was the largest influenza pandemic in history, it has long served as a warning to prepare for outbreaks, such as COVID-19 coronavirus.
Global poverty has declined continuously over the past two centuries, but what methods have been used to estimate it over time?
Research suggests that we're much more pessimistic about the state of the world and the progress being made than is fair.
New research shows that global working hours are 20 to 30 hours less than people worked in the 19th century.
Data suggests that our perception of changes in the world - for the better - is very different to reality.
New research examines the divergence between GDP per capita and median household incomes in 27 OECD countries.