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footsizer asked in Social ScienceEconomics · 1 decade ago

When did the U.S. become the largest economy in the world?

What year did that happen, and what was the previous biggest economy? What was the U.S. population then?

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer
  • United States of America became the world's richest country under the president of Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late of 1950s.

  • 1 decade ago

    Before WW2 the US was in Isolationism, they made no contact with other countries. But when WW2 ended the US's economic growth skyrocketed and quickly became by far the worlds largest economy. Capitalist nations thrive in war, because the unemployed (who are taking government money, from taxpayers) start getting jobs or replacing jobs because people have left to serve in the army/navy/air force/marines.

  • poproc
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    After World War Two. Europe was destroyed and the United States took its place.

    Previous to that Western Europe was bigger.

    Notice the share of world GDP the US enjoyed after 1950 in the second graph.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • meg
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    China had the biggest economy until a little after 1870. All of Western Europe was bigger but it was divided among many countries. see graphs at

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