The Relationship Between Economic Growth and Social Development

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Economic growth and social development are complementary and close relationship constraints. However, with economic growth, it is clear that there are many environmental concerns in today’s society. Air, water, and land pollution have been worsening; the environment of wild animals and plants have been seriously damaged, many species are threatened with extinction, deforestation and over-exploitation of mineral resources give human survival and development a real and more serious potential threat. In the traditional opinion, environmental protection and economic development are mutually contradictory, economic growth must be a high environmental cost, and to protect the environment will limit economic growth. However I propose that …show more content…

Development is the theme of the contemporary society. Some economists consider there are unrelated between social development and economic growth. This is illustrated by Zuvekas (1979). He thinks that economic growth can occur without social welfare development. But some others consider economic determines society (Rostow, 1960) or social development precedes economic growth (Streeten, 1977). They argued that we need economic growth to ensure the well-being of the economy and improve standards of living. Further, promote worldwide economic growth is seen as the way to make developing countries out of poverty. But I tend to agree with Srinivasan who argues that policies both for economic growth and towards basic needs development are interwoven, economic growth and social development are highly interdependent, development is organic combination between economic growth and social reform (Srinivasan, 1977, as cited by Mazumdar, 1996).

III. Economic growth has the different effects on the environment

The effects of economic growth on the environment always remain controversial. Some people see the appearance of new pollution problems, such as the lack of success in solving global warming and the still growing population in the Third World as proof that humans are a short-sighted and greedy species. (Taylor and Brock, 2006)
Greenhouse-gas emissions in 2000 (Stern Review, 2006)
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