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Measuring human progress: the contribution of the Human Development Index and related indices


  • Kemal Dervis
  • Jeni Klugman


Since its launch in 1990, the Human Development Index (HDI) has been an important marker of attempts to broaden measures of progress and serves multiple functions for academics and policymakers, as well as activists. This paper reviews the contributions of the human development approach and, in particular, of the HDI in the context of the discussions and debates around the findings of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. We highlight the kinds of analyses and insights which have made the HDI a useful policy tool since 1990.

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  • Kemal Dervis & Jeni Klugman, 2011. "Measuring human progress: the contribution of the Human Development Index and related indices," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 121(1), pages 73-92.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_211_0073

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    1. Ahmad F. SIDDIQUI & Ansar WASEEM & Dawood MAMOON, 2017. "Did we find alternate to GDP to measure national progress? Analysis of Harvard University’s social progress index," Turkish Economic Review, KSP Journals, vol. 4(4), pages 352-368, December.
    2. Géraldine Thiry, 2015. "Beyond GDP: Conceptual Grounds of Quantification. The Case of the Index of Economic Well-Being (IEWB)," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 121(2), pages 313-343, April.


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