The increase in absolute trade under the trade shows how well the the GATT/WTO trade regime worked.

The increase in trade allowed greater specialization, comparative advantage, and cheaper consumer goods which reduced the costs of living. Globalization provided the fuel for many of the technological revolutions of our generation.

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World Merchandise Exports in Billions USD (Source: WTO Statistics Database)
Raw numbers here
1950: $62
1955: $95
1960: $130
1965: $190
1970: $317
1975: $877
1980: $2034
1985: $1954
1990: $3449
1995: $5162
2000: $6451
2005: $10393

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