The human development index, 1870-1999: some revised estimates
AbstractThis article presents revised estimates for the Human Development Index (HDI) for the benchmark years 1870, 1913, 1950, 1975 and 1999, based on the latest available data for real gross domestic product per person and on the recently modified formula for HDI. The results indicate that HDI in most of today s less-developed countries exceeds that of Western Europe in 1870 and that the gaps in HDI between Western Europe and each of Africa, China and India were smaller in 1999 than in 1950. Both these outcomes have been heavily influenced by widespread gains in life expectancy.
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Date of creation: Dec 2002
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Publication status: Published in European review of economic history (2002-12) v.6, p.395-405
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- Crafts, Nicholas, 2002. "The Human Development Index, 1870 1999: Some revised estimates," European Review of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 6(03), pages 395-405, December.
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