Sometime in 2018, if growth rates continue their current trend, something extraordinary will happen. Those who survived the Great Depression in 1940 (eleven years after the onset of the Great Depression) will be substantially better of than the survivors of the Great Recession in 2018. Real GDP Per Capita for Great Recession survivors would have grown by another anemic 0.72% per annum in 2018. But for survivors of the Great Depression era, their incomes per capita would have grown by an astounding 7.75% in just one year. Moreover, that trend will only accelerate in the next three years. By 1943, Great Depression survivors will be almost 56% richer than they were in 1940.
Can we expect the same for survivors of the Great Recession in the next three years? It's possible but not probable.