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Millennium Development Goals: Measuring Progress towards their Achievement

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  • Satya Chakravarty
  • Amita Majumder

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The Millennium Development Goals are time-bound quantified targets for improving the human condition from different perspectives. Within each Goal several targets have been set, and to each target there corresponds one or more indicators. For each indicator we axiomatically characterize an index of perceived progress towards reaching the Goals such that it can be used for monitoring progress. We also present a composite index of progress, which allows the calculation of percentage contributions of progress made in different dimensions. This, in turn, enables us to identify the dimensions for which more progress is required, which is important from a policy perspective. We also provide an empirical illustration of the proposed indices using cross-country data for different indicators.

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  • Satya Chakravarty & Amita Majumder, 2008. "Millennium Development Goals: Measuring Progress towards their Achievement," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(1), pages 109-129.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jhudca:v:9:y:2008:i:1:p:109-129
    DOI: 10.1080/14649880701811435
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    Cited by:

    1. Stephan Klasen & Simon Lange, 2011. "Getting Progress Right: Measuring Progress Towards the MDGs Against Historical Trends," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 87, Courant Research Centre PEG, revised 20 Feb 2012.
    2. IƱaki Permanyer, 2013. "The measurement of success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 11(3), pages 393-415, September.

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