The inequality-adjusted human development index: A constructive proposal

The inequality-adjusted human development index: A constructive proposal This paper proposes a method to incorporate a concern for distributional inequalities of income, education, and longevity into the framework of the Human Development Index (HDI), as it is presently designed by the United Nations Development Programme. The paper constructs Gini coefficients, for a set of 20 developing countries, measuring inequalities in annual income, educational attainment, and life-span attainment. These calculations are combined with data from the HDI to produce an Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IAHDI). The implications of this proposed index for evaluating and promoting development are considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png World Development Elsevier

The inequality-adjusted human development index: A constructive proposal

World Development, Volume 25 (8) – Aug 1, 1997

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1997 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0305-750X
eISSN
1873-5991
D.O.I.
10.1016/S0305-750X(97)00034-X
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Abstract

This paper proposes a method to incorporate a concern for distributional inequalities of income, education, and longevity into the framework of the Human Development Index (HDI), as it is presently designed by the United Nations Development Programme. The paper constructs Gini coefficients, for a set of 20 developing countries, measuring inequalities in annual income, educational attainment, and life-span attainment. These calculations are combined with data from the HDI to produce an Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IAHDI). The implications of this proposed index for evaluating and promoting development are considered.

Journal

World DevelopmentElsevier

Published: Aug 1, 1997

References

  • Human development in poor countries: On the role of private incomes and public services
    Anand, S.; Ravallion, M.
  • The Economics of Inequality
    Atkinson, A.B.
  • Public action and the quality of life in developing countries
    Sen, A.K.

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