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Human Recognition and its Role in Economic Development: A Descriptive Review

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  • Tony Castleman

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    (Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

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This paper introduces the concept of human recognition, defined as the acknowledgement provided to an individual by other individuals, groups, or organizations that he is of inherent value with intrinsic qualities in common with the recognizer. The sources, effects, and qualities of human recognition are described and analyzed qualitatively, and a detailed example is presented to illustrate the roles that human recognition plays in development programs. The paper uses narrative descriptions and examples to explore the mechanisms by which human recognition can enhance or undermine program objectives and directly affect the well-being of program participants. A review of research on related concepts finds that while much of this reserach is relevant and instructive to the study of human recognition in development settings, the concept of human recognition has not been directly addressed in existing work and that its study would help address a number of gaps in the current literature. Subsequent theoretical and empirical work is needed to formalize and test the hypotheses and models that this paper describes qualitatively.

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Paper provided by The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy in its series Working Papers with number 2011-08.

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Length: 80 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:gwi:wpaper:2011-08

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Keywords: human recognition; economic development; health; poverty; well-being; dignity; respect; dehumanization; humiliation;

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  1. Alkire, Sabina & Foster, James, 2011. "Counting and multidimensional poverty measurement," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(7-8), pages 476-487, August.
  2. Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina & Lutz, Stefan H., 2004. "The contribution of income, social capital, and institutions to human well-being in Africa," ZEI Working Papers B 07-2004, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
  3. Deepa Narayan & Robert Chambers & Meera K. Shah & Patti Petesch, 2000. "Voices of the Poor : Crying Out for Change," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13848, January.
  4. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Measurement of Human Recognition: A Methodology with Empirical Applications in India and Kenya," Working Papers 2011-10, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
  5. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Human Recognition among HIV-Infected Adults: Empirical Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Kenya," Working Papers 2011-11, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
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Cited by:
  1. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Human Recognition and its Role in Economic Development: A Theoretical Model," Working Papers 2011-9, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
  2. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Human Recognition among HIV-Infected Adults: Empirical Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Kenya," Working Papers 2011-11, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
  3. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Measurement of Human Recognition: A Methodology with Empirical Applications in India and Kenya," Working Papers 2011-10, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.

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