Measuring the Distribution of Human Development: Methodology and an Application to Mexico

Journal of Human Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 5-29, March 2005

37 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2011

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Miguel Székely

Center for Education and Social Studies

James E. Foster

George Washington University

Luis Felipe López-Calva

World Bank

Date Written: October 15, 2003

Abstract

The Human Development Index (HDI) improves upon per capita GDP as an indicator of development by incorporating information on health and education. However, like its predecessor, it fails to account for the inequality with which the benefits of development are distributed among the population. Subsequent work by Anand and Sen (1993) and Hicks (1997) has led to a useful distribution-sensitive measure of human development, but at the cost of a key property of the HDI that ensures consistency between regional and aggregate analyses. This paper presents a new parametric class of human development indices that includes the original HDI as well as a family of distribution sensitive indices that satisfy all the basic properties for an index of human development. An empirical application using the year 2000 Mexican Population Census data shows how the new measures can be applied to analyze the distribution of human development at the national level and for individual states.

Keywords: Human Development , Well-Being, Inequality, Generalized Means

JEL Classification: I30, I32, O10

Suggested Citation

Székely, Miguel and Foster, James E. and Lopez-Calva, Luis Felipe, Measuring the Distribution of Human Development: Methodology and an Application to Mexico (October 15, 2003). Journal of Human Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 5-29, March 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865323

Miguel Székely (Contact Author)

Center for Education and Social Studies ( email )

Mexico City
Mexico

James E. Foster

George Washington University ( email )

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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