economic growth

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economic growth

growth in the GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT (GNP). A distinction can be drawn between theories of economic growth (in ECONOMICS) which emphasize primarily economic variables, such as levels of saving and investment (e.g. the Harrod-Domar model) and those which are more sociological and take account of wider social as well as more narrowly economic factors (e.g. SCHUMPETER or ROSTOW).
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