- Qualitative concept: Economic development tries to explain the qualitative changes in wants, goods, institutions, etc.
- Sectoral transformation: Economic development implies a shift of population from agriculture to industry and ultimately to service sector. This shift indicates modernity, high skills, discipline etc.
- Structural transformation: Economic development changes the economy from agrarian to industrial economy and ultimately a mature society with a large service sector.
- Public participation: Economic development is possible when people of the country participate and co - operate in the process of development.
- Long term concept: It implies that the increase in the real national income should be sustained over a long period.
- Increase in real national income: Economic development considers an increase int he real national income and not nominal (money) national income.