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Measuring the Human Development or Deprivation : A Review of (Different Composite Index) Methods


  • Motkuri, Venkatanarayana


The present paper reviews the different methods in practice to measure the human development or deprivation, which, in fact, is an emerging part of the development discourse. Specifically it deals with the problems of comparability, aggregation and weighing the dimension/indicators in composite index. The essential part of reporting human development involves a normalization of selected indicators by setting the goal posts of minimum and maximum values of the selected indicator that facilitates the construction of a composite index. The evaluation at the aggregate level (at the national or state level) always conceals the geographical spread across sub-regions, and therefore ignores regional disparities. Another task in constructing a composite index is weighing each individual indicator while summarising them into a composite index.

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  • Motkuri, Venkatanarayana, 2007. "Measuring the Human Development or Deprivation : A Review of (Different Composite Index) Methods," MPRA Paper 48506, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:48506

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    1. Mozaffar Qizilbash, 2004. "On the Arbitrariness and Robustness of Multi-Dimensional Poverty Rankings," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(3), pages 355-375.
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    Human Development; Human Deprivation; Poverty; Composite Index; Measuring the Deprivation; Head Count Ratio;

    JEL classification:

    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • 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
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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