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Human Development Report 1996

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The Human Development Report seventh edition updates the unique Human Development Indicators comparing human development in most countries of the world, and the data tables on all aspects of human development. The special focus of this edition is on the important link between economic growth and human development. The Report maintains that the link is not automatic but can be established through proper policy management, arguing the case for initiating and accelerating economic growth and at the same time accelerating and sustaining human development in different parts of the world. The Report also maintains that the quality of growth is as important as its quantity; otherwise, growth can be jobless, voiceless, ruthless, rootless, and futureless. It identifies employment as an important instrument in translating the benefits of economic growth into people's lives.

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Links between growth and human development

Economic growth expands the material base for the fulfilment of human needs. But the extent to which these needs are met depends on the allocation of resources among people and uses and the distribution of opportunities, particularly employment. As argued earlier, the link between economic growth and human development is not automatic. But that link can be strengthened through sensible policy actions.

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