Social rights and economics: Claims to health care and education in developing countries

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

50 Scopus citations

Abstract

The paper analyzes rights-based and economic approaches to the provision of health care and education in developing countries. It assesses the foundations and uses of social rights in development, outlines the economic approach to health care and education, highlights differences and similarities, and assesses the hard questions that the economic critique poses for rights. The paper argues that the policy consequences of the approaches overlap considerably. Differences include the consequences of long-term deprivation, metrics for tradeoffs, and the behavioral distortions of subsidies. But the differences are not irreconcilable, and advocates of the approaches need not regard each other as antagonists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-477
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

Keywords

  • Development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Human rights
  • Social rights

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Social rights and economics: Claims to health care and education in developing countries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this