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The Scorecard on Development: 25 Years of Diminished Progress

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  • Mark Weisbrot
  • Dean Baker
  • David Rosnick

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This paper examines data on economic growth and various social indicators and compares the past 25 years (1980-2005) with the prior two decades (1960-1980). The paper finds that the past 25 years in low- and middle-income countries have seen a sharp slowdown in the rate of economic growth, as well as a decline in the rate of progress on major social indicators including life expectancy and infant and child mortality. The authors conclude that economists and policy-makers should devote more effort to determining the causes of the economic and development failure of the last quarter-century.

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Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 31.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:31

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Keywords: economic development; growth; social indicators; growth failure; developing countries; education; health;

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  1. Mark Weisbrot & Rebecca Ray, 2011. "The Scorecard on Development, 1960-2010: Closing the Gap?," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2011-09, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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