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Paths to Development: Is there a Bangladesh Surprise?


Mohammad Niaz Asadullah


University of Reading - Department of Economics

Antonio Savoia


University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management

Wahiduddin Mahmud


Economic Research Group

November 5, 2013

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 189

Abstract:     
Is Bangladesh’s development progress surprising, given its level of economic development? Using aggregate indices of education, health, demographic and gender equality outcomes, we empirically investigate the hypothesis that Bangladesh made exceptional gains in human development compared with countries with similar level of per capita income. Stylised facts and cross-country regression results indicate that, for a broad range of dimensions, there is a human development surplus. Further tests show that such surplus does not reflect the role of economic growth and public expenditure programmes. We conclude by speculating on the role of Bangladesh’s human development to sustain the process of growth and on the implications of governance and institutional quality for the nexus between growth and human development.

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Keywords: BRAC, economic growth, human development, governance, institutions, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan

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Date posted: November 6, 2013 ; Last revised: March 6, 2014

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Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz and Savoia, Antonio and Mahmud, Wahiduddin, Paths to Development: Is there a Bangladesh Surprise? (November 5, 2013). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 189. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2350201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2350201

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Mohammad Niaz Asadullah (Contact Author)
University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )
Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.reading.ac.uk/economics/about/staff/m-asadullah.asp
Antonio Savoia
University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management ( email )
Arthur Lewis building
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Wahiduddin Mahmud
Economic Research Group ( email )
House 342 DOHS Mohakhali
Dhaka, Road 25
Dhaka, 1206
Bangladesh
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