Improving human development : a long-run view

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dc.contributor.author Prados de la Escosura, Leandro
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-01T10:19:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-01T10:19:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/8987
dc.description.abstract The pessimistic flavour of the Human Development Reports appears to be in contradiction with their own numbers as developing countries fare comparatively better in human development than in per capita GDP terms. This paper attempts to bridge this gap by providing a new, ‘improved’ human development index [IHDI], informed by welfare economics. The IHDI is presented here alongside the UNDP’s HDI for the world and its main regions since the late nineteenth century. Social dimensions in the IHDI are derived, following Kakwani (1993), with a convex achievement function, while a geometric average is employed to combine its dimensions (longevity, knowledge, and income). Thus, the IHDI does not conceal the gap between rich and poor countries and casts a much less optimistic view than the conventional UNDP index, while fits with the UNDP concern for international differences. The paper’s findings highlight main weaknesses in human development dimensions of present-day developing countries.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers in Economic History
dc.relation.ispartofseries 10-07
dc.relation.hasversion http://hdl.handle.net/10016/10187
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Human development
dc.subject.other Life expectancy
dc.subject.other Education
dc.subject.other Per capita GDP
dc.title Improving human development : a long-run view
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.jel O15
dc.subject.jel I00
dc.subject.jel N30
dc.subject.jel O50
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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dc.identifier.repec wp10-07
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