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On A Class of Human Development Index Measures

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  • Srijit Mishra

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan

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Using Minkowski distance function we propose a class of Human Development Index measures. Special cases of this turn out to be the popularly used linear average method as also a newly proposed displaced ideal method. Two measures of penalty are suggested. One captures the non-uniform attainment across dimensions and the other captures the deviation from the ideal path. A method of adjusting for unequal weights is also provided.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22340.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22340

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Keywords: Ideal path; Penalty; Minkowski distance function; Multiple dimensions; Uniform development;

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  1. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-66, May.
  2. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan & Srijit Mishra & B. Sudhakara Reddy, 2008. "An Alternative approach to measure HDI," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India 2008-001, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  3. Srijit Mishra, 2005. "Secluded and Proximate Illiteracy: Comparing Situations," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 70(2), pages 231-240, 01.
  4. Subramanian, S., 2004. "A Re-scaled Version of the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke Poverty Indices based on an Association with the Minkowski Distance Function," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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  1. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan & Srijit Mishra, 2010. "Progress in human development: Are we on the right path?," International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(3), pages 199-221.
  2. Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich, 2009. "National symbols, globalization, and the well-being of nations," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 14882, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich, 2009. "National identity, globalization, and the well-being of nations," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 14948, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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