Bangladesh and Pakistan: The Great Divergence

Mahmood Hasan Khan


There was a time when Bangladesh lagged behind Pakistan in the
quality of life measured by any of its major indicators, except for
adult literacy and schooling of children. But it is a different story
today. Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in almost every respect. I intend
to present the facts (data) to support this proposition first and then
explore the reasons for the great divergence. I am far more certain
about the evidence than I am of my explanation since some of it is
guesswork, though hopefully not too off the mark.

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