When growth outpaces development

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Jonathan Rigg from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on a gap opening up between economic growth and social well-being in Southeast Asia. Prof Rigg opined that the reason for this widening gap is that economic growth and rising incomes are treated as development ends when they are the means to achieve development, while other components of development – such as education or environmental regulation – are regarded either as means or as barriers to development, when they should also be viewed as ends.

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