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Human Assets Index Computing retrospective series from 1970 to 2008


  • Catherine KORACHAIS

    () (Institut de Médecine Tropicale)


The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) defines the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as countries suffering from structural handicaps to economic development such as low income, low levels of human resources or capital, and high levels of structural economic vulnerability (UN 2008). The identification of LDCs is carried out according to predetermined thresholds on the three following criteria:(a) Gross National Income per capita (GNI per capita)(b) Human Assets Index (HAI)(c) Economic Vulnerability Index (EVI)Here we are interested in the level of human capital. The latter was initially measured by literacy rates, which was insufficient since it didn’t take into account health levels. Then it was replaced from 1991 to 2002 by the Augmented Physical Quality of Life Index (APQLI). Since 2003, it was replaced by the Human Assets Index (HAI), which is more complete (for a historical review, cf. Guillaumont 2009, Caught in a trap, chap. 5).

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  • Catherine KORACHAIS, 2011. "Human Assets Index Computing retrospective series from 1970 to 2008," Working Papers I 10, FERDI.
  • Handle: RePEc:fdi:wpaper:620

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    1. Michaël GOUJON & Mathilde CLOSSET & Sosso FEINDOUNO, 2014. "Human Assets Index Retrospective series: 2013 update," Working Papers P110, FERDI.
    2. Sosso FEINDOUNO & Michaël GOUJON, 2016. "Human Assets Index retrospective series: 2016 update," Working Papers P179, FERDI.
    3. KAFANDO, Namalguebzanga, 2014. "L'industrialisation de l'Afrique: l'importance des facteurs structurels et du régime de change
      [The industrialization of Africa: the importance of structural factors and exchange rate regime]
      ," MPRA Paper 68736, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Alassane DRABO & Patrick GUILLAUMONT, 2017. "Graduation from the category of least developed countries: Rationale, achievement and prospects," Working Papers P208, FERDI.

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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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