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Inequality and the Human Development Index


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The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI) is a country-level measure of social welfare based on national values for average life expectancy, rates of adult literacy and school enrollment, and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. HDI is commonly used by scholars, policy-makers, and development professionals to compare levels of development among nations and to gauge each nation's progress in development. Since HDI is based entirely on national averages it lacks any information about the distribution of health, education, or income within countries. The distribution of access to key resources is an important determinant both of the effect of average levels of health, education, and income on absolute levels of deprivation, and—as effects of inequality on environmental degradation and health have been well-documented—of the aggregate well-being of a population as a whole. Absent some measure of inequality, HDI is severely hampered in its ability to depict accurately the levels and changes in social welfare. My dissertation, entitled "Inequality and the Human Development Index," examines the relationship between inequality and human well-being; reviews the history of the HDI and the literature attempting to include distribution in measures of social welfare; critiques several existing measures of inequality related to HDI; and proposes alternative indices that would capture inequality in the measurement of human development.

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Subject
Inequality;
Human rights;
Social conditions & trends;
Studies
Classification
0501: Economics
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; GDI; Gender; HDI; Human Development Index; Human development; Inequality; Social welfare
Title
Inequality and the Human Development Index
Author
Stanton, Elizabeth Anne
Number of pages
240
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549330950
Advisor
Boyce, James K.
Committee member
Ash, Michael; Wicks-Lim, Jeannette
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Economics
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3289279
ProQuest document ID
304847373
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304847373
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