05 November 2012

Development success in Bangladesh

in the past 20 years Bangladesh has made extraordinary improvements in almost every indicator of human welfare. The average Bangladeshi can now expect to live four years longer than the average Indian, though Indians are twice as rich. Girls’ education has soared, and the country has hugely reduced the numbers of early deaths of infants, children and mothers. Some of these changes are among the fastest social improvements ever seen. Remarkably, the country has achieved all this even though economic growth, until recently, has been sluggish and income has risen only modestly.
 The Economist  TH


Matt said...

Just read the article over lunch - not entirely convinced that some of this doesn't have to do with growth. The average Bangladeshi's real income has quintupled since 1980. We know that there are diminishing returns to the impact of income on health, so even very low levels of growth with have substantial impacts on longevity, child mortality, etc. 2%

Bill Harshaw said...

Does this have any connection with the fact most of the prime ministers over the period have been female?

rovingbandit said...

Interesting points both, thanks.

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