Economic Growth And Social Welfare

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This book studies the relationships between economic growth and social welfare and the policy implications of these relationships for development. Understanding the relationships between economic growth and social welfare is an enduring issue within contemporary development economics and welfare economics. These relationships are analysed in this book by operationalising normative social choice theory. Normative social choice theory is an appropriate approach as it explicitly incorporates society's preferences, values and choices in determining how social welfare should be defined and measured. Two approaches, aggregate and hierarchical, are developed and empirically applied to Thailand for a twenty-five year period 1975-1999. This book concludes
that in terms of social welfare, economic growth cannot always be assumed desirable. What is needed is social welfare enhancing economic growth. A review of the policy implications of this finding is also undertaken.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444515650
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Contributions to Economic Analysis
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Matthew Clarke is Research Fellow at Victoria University, Australia. He has published a large number of articles in the areas of development economics, environmental economics, and health economics

Dr. Sardar M N Islam is Director, Sustainable Growth Program, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Australia. He is also associated with the Financial Modelling Program and the Law and Economics Program there. He has published 11 books and research monographs and more than 150 technical papers in Finance, Economics, Corporate Governance, and E-Commerce.

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Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Economic growth and social welfare in Thailand
Ch. 3 Economic growth and social welfare : an aggregate approach
Ch. 4 Empirical application of the aggregate approach
Ch. 5 Economic growth and social welfare : a hierarchical approach
Ch. 6 Contemporary development issues and economic growth
Ch. 7 Welfare analysis of economic growth on social welfare
Ch. 8 Conclusion and summary
Subject index
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