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What is meant by the concept of development?

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In the social sciences, the concept of development can refer to the progress of societies, or it can refer to the progress of economic systems. Social development refers technically to a rise in the quality of life of a population, and practically this means that amount and distribution of wealth, technological advancement, and democracy are evaluated, as these things are assumed to improve the quality of life of populations overall. Economic development similarly offers a structure where wealth and choice are valued as indicative of quality of life in the studied populations. As wealth and consumer choice increase, regardless of how this affects a population in terms of life expectancy, literacy, and so on, a society is seen to be more economically developed.

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The phrase "concept of development" is open to more than one common definition. Psychologists in developmental psychology speak of the concept of development in relation to human development through varying stages of life and...

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