Measuring human development

Smith, Peter (1993) Measuring human development. Asian Economic Journal, 7, (1), 89-106. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8381.1993.tb00103.x).


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The uneven distribution of resources, income and wealth in the world makes it desirable to devise a method for evaluating the relative levels of human development in different countries, but a satisfactory approach needs to go beyond calibration of output per head. This paper explores key issues concerning the measurement of human development and examines the UNDP's modified Human Development Index, assessing its potential usefulness and limitations in enabling comparisons across countries. The extent to which the approach can provide the basis for a profile of an individual country is also analysed, using Singapore as a case study.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33028
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:30

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