Don’t Worry, Be Happy: The Cato Institute’s HumanProgress Project

Evidence from academic institutions and international organizations shows dramatic improvements in human well‐​being. These improvements are especially striking in the developing world. Unfortunately, there is often a wide gap between the reality and public perception, including that of many policymakers, scholars in unrelated fields, and intelligent lay persons. To make matters worse, the media emphasizes bad news, while ignoring many positive long‐​term trends. To help correct popular misperceptions regarding the actual state of humanity, Cato created the HumanProgress project. Through the presentation of empirical data that focuses on long‐​term developments, the goal of the project is to provide a useful resource for legislative staff, scholars, journalists, students, and the general public. To learn more and to meet the team behind this remarkable venture, please join us.