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Henry-Lee, Aldrie
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Convergence or exclusivity: The Lewis model and the rights based approach to development. [Abstract]
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Sixth Annual SALISES Conference: Governance, Institutions and Economic Growth: Reflections on Arthur Lewis’ Theory of Economic Growth
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March 16-18, 2005
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Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Kingston, Jamaica
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The development discourse has shifted from an emphasis on economic prescriptions to one on social fundamentals. The more recent contributors to the development debate are those who view 'development as a human right'. The essential idea underlying their approach is that a human rights approach to poverty reduction should be based explicitly on the norms and values set out in the International Declaration of Human Rights. The state is morally obligated to implement policies and programmes which adhere to international laws and standards. A decent standard of living, adequate nutrition, health care, education, decent work and protection against calamities are not only development goals but also human rights. Using data from St. Lucia and Jamaica, this paper examines to extent those countries have attained the targets set by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. These indicators include the extent to which resource allocation favor the poorer geographical areas; the proportion of persons working but earning less than the poverty line income and the proportion of persons covered by the minimum wage legislation. The paper contributes to the deliberations on the synergies between economic and human development and the choices that need to be made in the pursuit of either or both. The paper concludes with some suggestions for consideration by policy makers.....
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