Progress in human development - Are we on the right path?

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dc.contributor.author Nathan, Hippu Salk Kristle
dc.contributor.author Mishra, Srijit
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-01T10:23:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-01T10:23:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2275/114
dc.description.abstract The conventional measure of Human Development Index (HDI) is a linear average across dimensions, HDI1. Under this, poor attainments in any dimension gets perfectly compensated for better attainments in any other dimension HDI2, which is based on Euclidean distance measuring shortfall from the ideal, addresses the above anomaly. In our analysis of progress, we use HDI2 to develop the notion of an ideal path and penalty to capture deviation from this; and a measure of fluctuation. The measures are applied to 127 countries for the period 1990-2004. The results show that Sub-Saharan countries have suffered on account of sharp decline in health suggesting prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic. In case of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the income dimension got jolted in the nineties indicating their economic collapse after Soviet disintegration. We also find some of the emerging economies progressing well along the ideal path. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Human Development Report, this paper is timely and would engage academia and public policy to have a critical look favouring a balanced development across the three dimensions of HDI – health, education and standard of living. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP;WP-2010-010
dc.subject Human Development Index (HDI) en_US
dc.subject Ideal path en_US
dc.subject Measure of fluctuation en_US
dc.subject Measure of normalized-change en_US
dc.subject Sub-Saharan en_US
dc.subject Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) en_US
dc.title Progress in human development - Are we on the right path? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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