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Making Sense of Iranian Society, Culture, and Business by Hamid Yeganeh

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Chapter 3

Current Issues

Steady Socioeconomic Development

A remarkable achievement of Iran has been its steady social and human development in the last 40 years, particularly after the Islamic Revolution.1 According to the United Nations’ reports, significant improvements have taken place in Iran in areas such as health, literacy, poverty reduction, gender equality, education attainment, female and child mortality, and life expectancy.2 For instance, the adult literacy rate has increased from 14.5 percent in 1960 to 57 percent in 1988 and to 77.1 percent in 2001.3 The gap between adult men and women has been constantly narrowing. As a result of these improvements, the living standards have continuously increased and the Human Development ...

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