A critical approach to economic development

Concept, measurement and patterns

  • Emeka Nkoro University of Port Harcourt
  • Aham kelvin Uko
Keywords: Economic Development, Concept, Measurement, Patterns


This paper x-rayed the concept, measurement and, patterns of economic development. In doing this, the paper reviewed a vast literature on concepts, measurement of economic development and, economic development patterns and their effects on growth indicators as well as on the quality of life components. This literature was sourced from known academic databases. From the overview of the concept, measurement of economic development and, economic development patterns and their relationship between growth indicators as well as the quality of life components the following were found; as new challenges emerge, the horizon of the concept of economic development expands to accommodate the prevailing challenges. Economic development has no conventional measure/indicator that completely captures it process and, there are various economic development patterns use in tackling the problem of economic growth and quality of life, some of which are; knowledge-based, trade-based, saving-based and ethnic-religious-based pattern. Future studies may use these concepts/measurements of economic development and patterns of economic development and, validate their significance using statistical methods.


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How to Cite
Nkoro, E., & Uko, A. (2019). A critical approach to economic development. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 8(5), 228-236. https://doi.org/10.20525/ijrbs.v8i5.311