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An Economic Development Index

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  • Alvaro Montenegro

    (Universidad Javeriana)

There is no consensus about which variables, apart from income per capita, serve to characterize or define economic development, or guide its teaching. This paper proposes a simple and operational definition that combines the level of income per capita and the distribution of income. An economic development index is then constructed and used to rank a sample of countries from the well-known Deininger and Squire database. The results differ, significantly in some cases, from rankings produced by the United Nations' Human Development Index and the GDP per capita.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0404010.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 20 Apr 2004
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0404010
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  1. Rodrik, Dani & Alesina, Alberto, 1994. "Distributive Politics and Economic Growth," Scholarly Articles 4551798, Harvard University Department of Economics.
  2. Persson, T. & Tabellini, G., 1993. "Is Inequality Harmful for Growth," Papers 537, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
  3. Deininger, Klaus & Olinto, Pedro, 2000. "Asset distribution, inequality, and growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2375, The World Bank.
  4. Robert J. Barro, 1999. "Inequality, Growth, and Investment," NBER Working Papers 7038, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Deininger, K & Squire, L, 1996. "Measuring Income Inequality : A New Data-Base," Papers 537, Harvard - Institute for International Development.
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