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A Human Development Index for U.S. Cities: Methodological Issues and Preliminary Findings


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  • Stephen J. Agostini
  • Sandra J. Richardson
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    This paper builds upon the work of the United Nations Development Program in expanding the use of the Human Development Index (HDI). This index, originally created to compare human development among countries, has been modified to allow comparisons among cities in the United States. This paper discusses the methodology used to develop the cross-city HDI, as well as the results for the twenty-five cities chosen for this study. The results offer an intriguing "snapshot" of human development in each city, as well as an encouraging, although limited, benchmark for policy making in cities. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in its journal Real Estate Economics.

    Volume (Year): 25 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 13-41

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:25:y:1997:i:1:p:13-41

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    1. Jordan, Jeffrey L. & Munasib, Abdul B.A., 2007. "Community Development and Local Social Capital," 2007 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2007, Mobile, Alabama 34967, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Jordan, Jeffrey L., 2004. "Constructing a Human Development Index for Georgia's Counties," Faculty Series 16672, University of Georgia, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    3. McLean, Edward L. & Roper, Cindy G., 2000. "Indicators Of Inhabitant, Household, Family And Economic Growth: South Carolina And North Carolina," Research Reports 18798, Clemson University, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    4. Stephen Morse, 2011. "Attracting Attention for the Cause. The Reporting of Three Indices in the UK National Press," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 101(1), pages 17-35, March.


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