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Human Development and Economic Growth


Gustav Ranis


Yale University - Department of Economics

May 2004

Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 887

Abstract:     
Recent literature has contrasted Human Development, described as the ultimate goal of the development process, with economic growth, described as an imperfect proxy for more general welfare, or as a means toward enhanced human development. This debate has broadened the definitions and goals of development but still needs to define the important interrelations between human development (HD) and economic growth (EG). To the extent that greater freedom and capabilities improve economic performance, human development will have an important effect on growth. Similarly, to the extent that increased incomes will increase the range of choices and capabilities enjoyed by households and governments, economic growth will enhance human development. This paper analyzes these relationships and the two-way linkages involved.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: Economic Growth, Human Development

JEL Classification: O15, O11

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Date posted: May 26, 2004  

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Ranis, Gustav, Human Development and Economic Growth (May 2004). Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 887. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=551662

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