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Understanding Performance in Human Development: A Cross-National Study

  • Zachary Gidwitz

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    (Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme)

  • Martin Philipp Heger

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    (Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme)

  • José Pineda

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    (Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme)

  • Francisco Rodríguez

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    (Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme)

This paper introduces a new and comprehensive Human Development Index (HDI) trends dataset for 135 countries and 40 years of annual data. We apply this dataset to answer several empirical questions related to the evolution of human development over the last 40 years. The data reveal overall global improvements, yet significant variability across all regions. While we confirm the existence of continued divergence in per capita income, we find the inverse for HDI. We find no statistically significant correlation between growth and non-income HDI improvements over a forty year period. We also examine some basic correlates that are associated with countries performance in HDI.

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Paper provided by Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its series Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) with number HDRP-2010-42.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: Published as background research for the 2010 Human Development Report.
Handle: RePEc:hdr:papers:hdrp-2010-42
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