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  1. Chapter 3:Political Economy & Economic Development INB 372 Lecture By: Ms. Adina Malik (ALK)

  2. Economic Growth & Economic Development • Economic growth is the increase in the market value of the goods and services produced by an economy over time. It is conventionally measured as the percent rate of increase in real gross domestic product, or real GDP • Economic development is the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area. Economic development can also be referred to as the quantitative and qualitative changes in the economy. Such actions can involve multiple areas including development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives.

  3. The Determinants of Economic Development • Different countries have dramatically different levels of economic development. • GNI (Gross National Income) is regarded as the yardstick for measuring the economic development of a country as it measures the total annual income received by the residents of a nation. • However, living cost needs to be considered along with GNI. E.g. GNI per capita of USA is $46,040 and Switzerland is $59,880 (2007) but the living cost of USA is low. So the residents of USA can afford better living standard than Switzerland. • GNI per capita does not measure whether the economy is growing. To measure that, we need to consider PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) and its growth rate. • PPP asks how much money would be needed to purchase the same goods and services in two countries.

  4. AmartyaSen

  5. Broader conceptions of development: AmartyaSen Human Development Index (HDI) was developed to measure the quality of life in different nations. It calculates three factors: • Life expectancy at birth (function of health care) • Educational attainment (combination of adult literacy rate and enrollment in primary, secondary and tertiary education) • Whether average incomes enable people to afford basic needs of life (adequate food, shelter, health care) • High HDI: 0.8 and above (up to 1) • Medium HDI: 0.5 to 0.8 • Low HDI: less than 0.5 (the quality of life is poor) In 2015, HDI of Bangladesh was 0.579 (Ref: UNDP). It was 0.433 in 2000.

  6. Life Expectancy Rates List By World Health Organization 2015 As of 2014, the country with the highest life expectancy is Monaco at 89.52 years; the country with the lowest life expectancy is Chad at just 49.81 years.

  7. Literacy Rates (CIA est. 2015) • Germany, France, USA, UK and Japan is 99% (2013 data).

  8. Human Development Index Source: UNDP

  9. Infant Mortality Rate & Maternal Mortality Rate • HDI is a powerful predictor of both infant and maternal mortality rates. • Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)is the number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1,000 live births. • Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes).

  10. Geography, Education & Economic Development • Geography and education are also important determinants of economic development • Countries with favorable geography are more likely to engage in trade, and so, be more open to market-based economic systems, and the economic growth they promote • Countries that invest in education have higher growth ratesbecause the workforce is more productive

  11. Political Economy and Economic Progress i) Innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of growth: Innovation and entrepreneurship activity ensure long term economic growth. The economic growth of USA is the reflection of innovative firms like Microsoft, Dell Computers. ii) Innovation and entrepreneurship require a market economy • To ensure innovation and entrepreneurship, economic freedom is necessary which can only be ensured through market economy. • In a market economy, any individual who has an innovative idea are free to try to make money out of that idea through business. • In planned or mixed economy all or most sectors are state-owned. So entrepreneurship spirit is often not appreciated.

  12. Political Economy and Economic Progress iii)Innovation and entrepreneurship require strong property rights: To promote innovation and entrepreneurship providing property right is necessary. Otherwise, business will be in risk that the profit may be taken by criminal activity or by the state. State can take the money through excessive tax or through corruption.

  13. The Required Political System • Free market economy with strict protection for property rights is required first. However, democracy is not always the key to economic growth. • Totalitarian regimes that ensured strong property rights and free market economy have observed economic growth. • Example: four fastest growing economies of past 30 years – South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong were under totalitarian regime. • A dictator government committed towards free market and development can also ensure economic growth.

  14. The nature of Economic Transformation To form a market-based economy number of steps needs to be entailed: Deregulation: Deregulation involves removing legal restrictions to • Free play of markets (removing price controls and price set by the demand and supply of markets) • Establishment of private enterprises • The manner in which private enterprises operate • Relaxing or removing restrictions on FDI by foreign enterprises and international trade.  • Example: India is a mixed economy and now going through gradual deregulation.

  15. The nature of Economic Transformation Privatization: • It goes hand in hand with deregulation. • Privatization means transferring the ownership of state property into hands of private individuals, frequently by sale of state assets through auction. • Example:Since the establishment of the Privatization Board in 1993 and thereafter the Privatization Commission in 2000, 74 state owned enterprises (SOEs) have been privatized in Bangladesh. • SOEs privatized till date:Mymensingh Jute Mills Ltd., Madaripur Textile Mills, Kohinoor Spinning Mills, Dhaka Vegetable Oil, Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd., Siemens Bangladesh Ltd., Sylhet Pulp and Paper Mills, Ujala Match Factory Ltd., etc.

  16. Managerial Implications The attractiveness of a country as a market depends on long-term: 1. Benefits: • This include; • The size of the market • Present and future wealth of the consumers  • E.g. in 1960 South Korea was viewed as just another improvised Third World nation. By 2000 it was world’s 12th largest economy measured in terms of GDP. • Country’s economic system and property rights regime are reasonably good predictors of economic prospects. For example, countries with market economy in which property rights are protected tend to achieve greater economic growth rates than command economies and economies where property rights are not well protected.

  17. Managerial Implications 2. Costs: Cost of doing business depends on a number of political, economic and legal factors. • Political:Cost increases if • Only politically powerful people are allowed to do business. • Need to pay bribe • Economic:if the country is economically under developed, then it lacks proper infrastructure and support for doing business. • Example:McDonalds in Moscow had to build up vertically integrated backward supply chain as the quality of poultry and vegetables produced in Russia was poor. • Legal:If the legal system of a country is strong, then cost of doing business will be more.

  18. Managerial Implications 3. Risks • Political risk:political risk tends to be higher in countries experiencing social unrest and disorder. Social unrest is usually expressed through strikes, demonstrations, terrorism and violent conflict. All these hamper business activities. • Economic risk:Economic mismanagement can adversely affect profit and other goals of business (Inflation, Bankruptcy or business and government debt). Example:South East Asian crisis ( Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea in 1997-1998) • Legal risk:Legal risk means the likelihood that a trading partner will opportunistically break a contract or expropriate property rights. Investors may hesitate to invest in joint ventures if legal risk is high. Example: Coca-Cola, IBM in India

  19. Benefits Size of Economy Likely Economic Growth Costs Corruption Lack of Infrastructure Legal Costs Overall Attractiveness Risks Political Risks: Social unrest/Anti-business trends Economic Risks: Economic mismanagement Legal Risks: Failure to safeguard property rights