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Development, progress and economic growth. Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira. Paper written for the Festschrift of Priewe. São Paulo, November version. myopic obsession with near-term economic growth. Yet, there is also positioning the economy on a higher growth trajectory. Of the two. Economic growth is the most powerful instrument for reducing poverty and improving Strong economic growth therefore advances human development, which.

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Their economic life is primitive and stagnant. Their poverty is a handicap and a threat both to them and to more prosperous areas. For the first time in history humanity possesses the knowledge and the skill to relieve the suffering of these people I believe that we should make available to peace-loving peoples the benefits of our store of technical knowledge in order to help them realize their aspirations for a better life… What we envisage is a program of development based on the concepts of democratic fair dealing Greater production is the key to prosperity and peace.

And the key to greater production is a wider and more vigorous application of modem scientific and technical knowledge. From the s to the s the state played a large role in promoting industrialization in developing countries, following the idea of modernization theory.

This period was followed by a brief period of basic needs development focusing on human capital development and redistribution in the s. Neoliberalism emerged in the s pushing an agenda of free trade and removal of import substitution industrialization policies.

In economics, the study of economic development was borne out of an extension to traditional economics that focused entirely on national product , or the aggregate output of goods and services. Economic development was concerned with the expansion of people's entitlements and their corresponding capabilities, morbidity , nourishment , literacy , education , and other socio-economic indicators. Hirschman , a major contributor to development economics , asserted that economic development grew to concentrate on the poor regions of the world , primarily in Africa , Asia and Latin America yet on the outpouring of fundamental ideas and models.

Growth and development[ edit ] Economic growth deals with increase in the level of output, but economic development is related to increase in output coupled with improvement in social and political welfare of people within a country.

Therefore, economic development encompasses both growth and welfare values.

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Dependency theorists argue that poor countries have sometimes experienced economic growth with little or no economic development initiatives; for instance, in cases where they have functioned mainly as resource-providers to wealthy industrialized countries. There is an opposing argument, however, that growth causes development because some of the increase in income gets spent on human development factors such as education and health.

According to Ranis et al. According to them, the first chain consists of economic growth benefiting human development, since economic growth is likely to lead families and individuals to use their heightened incomes to increase expenditures, which in turn furthers human development.

At the same time, with the increased consumption and spending, health, education, and infrastructure systems grow and contribute to economic growth. In addition to increasing private incomes, economic growth also generates additional resources that can be used to improve social services such as healthcare , safe drinking water , etc. By generating additional resources for social services, unequal income distribution will be mitigated as such social services are distributed equally across each community , thereby benefiting each individual.

Concisely, the relationship between human development and economic development can be explained in three ways. First, increase in average income leads to improvement in health and nutrition known as Capability Expansion through Economic Growth. Second, it is believed that social outcomes can only be improved by reducing income poverty known as Capability Expansion through Poverty Reduction.

Lastly, social outcomes can also be improved with essential services such as education , healthcare , and clean drinking water known as Capability Expansion through Social Services. John Joseph Puthenkalam's research aims at the process of economic growth theories that lead to economic development.

After analyzing the existing capitalistic growth-development theoretical apparatus, he introduces the new model which integrates the variables of freedom, democracy and human rights into the existing models and argue that any future economic growth-development of any nation depends on this emerging model as we witness the third wave of unfolding demand for democracy in the Middle East.

He develops the knowledge sector in growth theories with two new concepts of 'micro knowledge' and 'macro knowledge'.

Micro knowledge is what an individual learns from school or from various existing knowledge and macro knowledge is the core philosophical thinking of a nation that all individuals inherently receive. How to combine both these knowledge would determine further growth that leads to economic development of developing nations. Yet others believe that a number of basic building blocks need to be in place for growth and development to take place. For instance, some economists believe that a fundamental first step toward development and growth is to address property rights issues, otherwise only a small part of the economic sector will be able to participate in growth.

That is, without inclusive property rights in the equation, the informal sector will remain outside the mainstream economy, excluded and without the same opportunities for study.

The economic development of countries can also be implicated or contributed by the multinational corporations companies. Economic development goals[ edit ] The development of a country has been associated with different concepts but generally encompasses economic growth through higher productivity, [9] political systems that represent as accurately as possible the preferences of its citizens, [10] [11] the extension of rights to all social groups and the opportunities to get them [12] and the proper functionality of institutions and organizations that are able to attend more technically and logistically complex tasks i.

With this in mind, economic development is typically associated with improvements in a variety of areas or indicators such as literacy rates , life expectancy , and poverty rates , that may be causes of economic development rather than consequences of specific economic development programs.

For example, health and education improvements have been closely related to economic growth, but the causality with economic development may not be obvious. In any case, it is important to not expect that particular economic development programs be able to fix many problems at once as that would be establishing unsurmountable goals for them that are highly unlikely they can achieve.

For example, if a nation has little capacity to carry out basic functions like security and policing or core service delivery it is unlikely that a program that wants to foster a free-trade zone special economic zones or distribute vaccinations to vulnerable populations can accomplish their goals.

Governments that can raise a significant amount of revenue from this source are less accountable to their citizens they are more autonomous as they have less pressure to legitimately use those resources.Rimmer, Douglas. The quest for the African dummy: Explaining African post-colonial economic performance revisited. The last half-century of research has progressively changed this assessment, especially for West Africa where a strong tendency towards extra-subsistence production was evident in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Mosley, Paul. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. In any case, it is important to not expect that particular economic development programs be able to fix many problems at once as that would be establishing unsurmountable goals for them that are highly unlikely they can achieve.

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