'Why isn't the whole world developed?'
A comparative essay review by Prabhdeep Jammu
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'Why isn't the whole world developed' by Richard Easterlin
In the paper titled 'Why isn't the whole world developed' written by Richard Easterlin, the author tries to put forth an explanation as to why the whole world hasn't developed yet. The past century has seen the greatest economic, technological and knowledge growth in modern history, yet some nations are still in the same position as they were many years ago. The author's argument is based on the assumption that technological progress is or has been the source of economic progress in the past two centuries. Technological progress leads to efficient
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On one hand, it makes sense to claim that technological innovation would only be possible in a system where learning is emphasized. A formal modernized schooling system would play the role of that system and support technological growth. In that sense, any type of progress or development of a country would be dependent on the citizens obtaining, retaining and practicing that knowledge. Thus, it could be said that technological growth is driven by knowledge growth. On the other hand, it could be argued that improved technological progress leads to a more reliable and improved schooling system. Computers, which were a product of technological innovation, are one of the most pivotal sources of obtaining knowledge today. They also play a crucial role in the schooling system by exposing students to a vast database of information, which would be very hard to find otherwise. Granted, there were no computers or internet present in the 1900s, but they could be replaced by the latest technological in that era and the point would still stand; Technological growth leads knowledge growth. It is fair to say that there is an element of causal ambiguity present in this case. As is evident from above, making a claim both ways is reasonable. Perhaps there is a third variable that could explain the relationship between technology and education system? The author never provided a definitive answer for this conundrum.
'Why isn't the whole world