The Effect of State’s Security Concerns on Human Development .

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Economics and Politics, Shahid Beheshti University

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Do state’s security concerns affect human development? Do these effects vary depending on whether the countries are developing or developed? We argue that state’s security concerns decrease the growth of human development. Employing data on security concerns and human development from 1990 to 2010, we find a negative relationship between security concerns and human development. Our empirical analysis suggests that state’s security concerns, in general, have a reductive effect on the growth of human development. The results also show that domestic security concerns have a greater negative influence on human development than external security concerns. Finally, we find that the effect of security concerns on human development is dependent on the level of development of countries. As the level of development increases, the negative effect of security concerns on human development decreases.