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Designing the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (HDI)

  • Sabina Alkire and James Foster

This paper proposes a method for adjusting the HDI to reflect the distribution of human development achievements across the population, and across dimensions, using an inequality measure from the Atkinson family. We begin with a discussion of the proposed indices in an idealized setting where variables and their scales have been identified and the data are available. We then address the practical issues that arise when applying these methods to real data. The final section presents and evaluates another related approach.

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Handle: RePEc:qeh:ophiwp:ophiwp037
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