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What is Economic Growth?

Economic growth consists of growth in the real GDP and implies an increase in the capacity of the economy to produce more goods and services


What is Economic Development?

Economic development consists of growth in the real per capita GNI and implies an increase in the capacity of the population to produce more goods and services


What is the difference between economic growth and economic development?

Economic growth:
-focuses on economy's capacity
-focuses on the increase in gdp
-limited government intervention
-measured in terms of real GDP
Economic development:
-focuses on the population capacity
-focuses on the standards of living
-justified government intervention
-measured in terms of per capita GNI


What are the measures of development?

-Real per capita GNI
-Literacy levels
-Life expectancy


How where people grouped in terms of living standards?

-First world countries
-Second world countries
-Third world countries


What where first world countries?

-western countries in the northern hemisphere
-Highly developed and industriallised
-citizens enjoy high standards of living


What where second world countries?

-Former communist countries of eastern europe and china
-Generally poor countries
-Relatively low standards of living compared to first world countries


What where third world countries?

-mostly situated in the southern hemisphere
-known as developing countries
-population lives in poverty


What is the IMF?

It focuses on countries with balance of payments problems


How does the IMF group countries?

Into 3 groups:
-Industrialised countries
-Developing countries
-Transitional economies


What are Industrial countries?

-consist of high levels of GDP and per capita GNI
-They have large manufacturing and services sectors


What are developing countries?

-they have large primary sectors, low levels of GDP and per capita GNI
-A major portion of citizens exist near subsistant levels


What are transitional economies?

-previous communist countries of eastern europe, including Russia
-Middle income levels
-Manufacturing declining economies


How does the world bank measure countries?

-High income countries
-Upper middle income countries
-Lower middle income countries
-Low income countries


How does the UN distinguish groups of countries?

-Very high human development
-High human development
-Medium human development
-low human development


What is the hybrid measure?

It groups countries into:
-Developed countries
-Developing countries
-least developing countries


What are the objectives of development?

-to increase the availability and widen distribution of basic life-sustaining goods such food, shelter, health and protection
-to raise the standard of living, in addition to higher incomes, the provision of more jobs, better education and greater attention and human values
-To expand the range of economic and social choices available to individuals and nations


what are the common characteristics of developing countries?

-low standards of living
-low levels of productivity
-high population growth and dependency burdens
-high levels of unemployment
-dependancy on primary sector
-deficient infrastructure


What do low standards of living consist of?

-low per capita income
-low growth of per capita income
-unequal distribution of income
-low life expectancy
-low levels of expectancy


what do low levels of productivity consist of?

-lower levels of productivity in developing countries than developed
-absence of factor inputs
-few financial resources to build human capital
-poor nutrition restricts mental and physical work


How do high population and dependency burdens affect developing countries?

-2011 there where 7 billion people as a result of population growth
-in developing countries birth rates are high and death rates decline because of the availability of medicine
-children under 15 are non productive and rely on support from labour force


How do high levels of unemployment affect developing countries?

-developing countries do not make good use of their labour force
-people are working less than they are capable of
-open unemployment


How does the dependence on the primary sector affect developing countries?

people in developing countries live and work in rural areas with low productivity
Primary sector goods are exported


How does deficient infrastructure affect developing countries?

-infrastructure consists of buildings, roads, hospitals etc
-infrastructure in developing countries is almost non existent


What are the purposes of development strategies?

-strategies for development are embodied in economic and other policies of developing countries
-it aims to maximize utilization of factors of production


what are the areas of development strategies?

-Human resources
-natural resources


What do human resources consist of?

-education and training in the form of improving literacy levels
-health by controlling disease to allow people to work
-population planning to ensure population is supported by natural resources
-motivation by motivating people towards self-improvement


What do Natural resources consist of?

-can be increased by fertilisers, conservation, tillage and land ownership
Minerals and fuels
-developing countries need to establish secondary industries to process goods


What does capital consist of?

-Increasing capital by means of savings
-increasing investment
-increasing forced saving through taxation


What does technology consist of?

-expansion of communication
-technological industries and computers can improve productivity in developing countries
-science and training to develop technology


What does entrepreneurship consist of?

-adopting new techniques, taking risks, creativity
-the skills can be used to develop the country