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ERIC Number: ED450060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1014-7837
Integrating Economic and Social Policy: Good Practices from High-Achieving Countries. Innocenti Working Papers.
Mehrotra, Santosh
This paper examines the successes of 10 "high achievers," countries with social indicators far higher than might be expected, given their national wealth, pulling together the lessons learned for social policy in the developing world. The 10 countries identified are Costa Rica, Cuba, Barbados, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Malaysia. The paper notes that their cultures, languages, and histories are varied, and that they have little in common, except in one crucial respect: they have all managed to exceed the pace and scope of social development in the majority of other developing countries. Their children go to school, and their child mortality rates have plummeted. The paper shows how, in the space of 50 years, these countries have made advances in health and education that took nearly 200 years in the industrialized world. Many of their social indicators are now comparable to those found in industrialized countries. The paper reviews UNICEF-supported studies which examined data on the evolution of social policy, social indicators, and public expenditure patterns in these countries over the 30-40 years of the post-colonial epoch. These studies pinpointed policies that have contributed to successes in social development, policies that could be replicated elsewhere. Contains 35 notes, 8 figures, 2 tables, and 46 references. (Author/BT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy). Innocenti Research Centre.