Essays on Connection between Economic Growth and Human Development - Brazil, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire Case Study

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The paper "Connection between Economic Growth and Human Development - Brazil, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire" is a perfect example of a micro and macroeconomic case study.   Human development refers to processes that facilitate or broaden people’ s choices hence allowing them to leave longer and stay healthy. Conversely, economic growth provides resources to allow for persistent advancements in human development (Ranis & Stewart, 2005; Mukherjee & Chakraborty, 2010). Essentially, human development is getting increasingly observed as a critical objective of national development as opposed to economic growth. Still, the connection between economic growth and human development remains critically important since economic growth is a primary contributor to sustained advancement in human development (Ng’ habi, 2012).

Apart from the improvement in human development being the principal development goal, human development is also a significant contributor to economic growth over time (Bagolini & Comim, 2004). Basing on this background, this paper examines a two-way connection between human development and economic growth. Focus is placed on three human development areas education, food and health in three countries: Kenya, Brazil and Cô te d'Ivoire. An underlying assumption is that there is a strong link between economic growth and human development since human development leads to economic growth and the other way around. Analysis: Connection between economic growth and human development While economic growth provides the needed resources that allow for continued advancement in human development, human development advancements raise the capabilities of economic agents that actively contribute to economic growth.

The two-way connection can be examined analytically using the empirical investigation of the links and chains (Ranis & Stewart, 2005). Focus is therefore placed on two causal chains: one leads from economic growth to human development (Chain A) while the second one leads from human development to economic growth (Chain B).


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