Human Development and its Correlates in Nagaland
Sudhanshu K. Mishra
North-Eastern Hill University
August 3, 2008
GROWTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH-EAST INDIA, P. Nayak, ed., pp. 323-346, Oxford University Press, 2009
This study has presented data relating to human development in Nagaland and made an attempt to observe regularities in the same that may be meaningful for devising development policies. The findings indicate that per capita income, human development index and gender-related development index are only poorly correlated with the health indicators such as IMR, IMRM and IMRF. Only the measures of educational attainment are appreciably correlated with PCY, HDI and GDI. The paper concludes that the reliability of data reported by a socio-economic system is dependent on the level of development of the system. Underdeveloped socio-economic systems report highly unreliable data. This is not only regarding the figures of income; this is also true of the figures on measures of attainment in matters of health and education. Official data on these variables are thrown up by a system that is administratively motivated and unsupervised with regard to their economic and developmental meaning. Use of such data, whether they pertain to income or any other measure of development, is not dependable for policy decisions meaningful to fostering development.
Keywords: Human development, Nagaland
JEL Classification: O15
Date posted: August 6, 2008 ; Last revised: November 16, 2009
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