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Recasting human development measures

Anand, Sudhir (2018) Recasting human development measures. Working Paper (23). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The UNDP introduced three new human development measures in its 2010 Human Development Report, which it has since continued to estimate and report on annually. These measures are the geometrically-averaged Human Development Index (HDI), the Inequalityadjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), and the Gender Inequality Index (GII). This paper critically reviews these measures in terms of their purpose, concept, construction, properties, and data requirements. It shows that all three measures suffer from serious defects, and concludes that two of them are not fit for purpose. The paper suggests how HDI and GII might be recast to overcome the problems identified and better reflect the purposes for which they were devised.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 14:54
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2020 00:37

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