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Keeping things simple: why the Human Development Index should not diverge from its equal weights assumption

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  • Lee Stapleton

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  • Guy Garrod
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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Indicators Research.

    Volume (Year): 84 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (November)
    Pages: 179-188

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:84:y:2007:i:2:p:179-188

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    Keywords: Complexity; Composite indices; Human Development Index; Information Theory; Sustainable development; Well-being;

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    1. Srinivasan, T N, 1994. "Human Development: A New Paradigm or Reinvention of the Wheel?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(2), pages 238-43, May.
    2. Pannell, David J. & Glenn, Nicole A., 2000. "A framework for the economic evaluation and selection of sustainability indicators in agriculture," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 135-149, April.
    3. Shyamal Chowdhury & Lyn Squire, 2006. "Setting weights for aggregate indices: An application to the commitment to development index and human development index," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(5), pages 761-771.
    4. Michela Nardo & Michaela Saisana & Andrea Saltelli & Stefano Tarantola & Anders Hoffman & Enrico Giovannini, 2005. "Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide," OECD Statistics Working Papers 2005/3, OECD Publishing.
    5. Frederik Booysen, 2002. "An Overview and Evaluation of Composite Indices of Development," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 59(2), pages 115-151, August.
    6. Morse, Stephen, 2003. "For better or for worse, till the human development index do us part?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(2), pages 281-296, June.
    7. Lawn, Philip A. & Sanders, Richard D., 1999. "Has Australia surpassed its optimal macroeconomic scale? Finding out with the aid of 'benefit' and 'cost' accounts and a sustainable net benefit index," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 213-229, February.
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    1. Bojkovic, Natasa & Anic, Ivan & Pejcic-Tarle, Snezana, 2010. "One solution for cross-country transport-sustainability evaluation using a modified ELECTRE method," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(5), pages 1176-1186, March.
    2. Niels Lind, 2010. "A Calibrated Index of Human Development," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 98(2), pages 301-319, September.
    3. IƱaki Permanyer, 2010. "The Measurement of Multidimensional Gender Inequality: Continuing the Debate," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 95(2), pages 181-198, January.
    4. Joshua Busby & Kerry Cook & Edward Vizy & Todd Smith & Mesfin Bekalo, 2014. "Identifying hot spots of security vulnerability associated with climate change in Africa," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 124(4), pages 717-731, June.
    5. 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.
    6. Stapleton, Lee M. & Garrod, Guy D., 2008. "The Commitment to Development Index: An Information Theory approach," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(2-3), pages 461-467, June.
    7. Sevinc Rende & Murat Donduran, 2013. "Neighborhoods in Development: Human Development Index and Self-organizing Maps," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 110(2), pages 721-734, January.

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