Paths to Development: Is there a Bangladesh Surprise?

M. Niaz Asadullah, Antonio Savoia, Wahiduddin Mahmud

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Using aggregate indices of education, health, demographic, and gender equality outcomes, we empirically investigate the hypothesis that Bangladesh achieved a higher level of social development compared with countries of similar level of per capita income. Stylized facts and cross-country regression results support this hypothesis for a broad range of dimensions. Further tests show that such achievements do not simply reflect income-mediated channels and social expenditure programs. We conclude by speculating on the role of Bangladesh's development to sustain the process of growth and on the role of governance and institutional quality for the nexus between growth and development. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-154
Number of pages16
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Bangladesh
  • Economic growth
  • Governance
  • Human development
  • Institutions
  • NGOs

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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