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[Comment] Offline: The quant revolution and why it matters

“We have beaten development.” What did Chris Murray mean? How can one beat development? He was speaking to an overflowing hall at George Washington University during the launch last week of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2015. I think he meant that observed health outcomes in some countries have outpaced expected outcomes—expected, that is, based on measures of a nation’s wealth, education, and fertility. Some nations have found a strange kinship. The USA and Russia, for example, are both performing worse than one would have expected in their quest to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.