'Polity' Human Development Indices

12 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Last revised: 19 Sep 2015

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Eduardo Zambrano

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo - Economics

Date Written: August 27, 2015


In this paper I develop a normative framework for the design of a measure of human development that contains the UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI) as a special case. The methodology allows for the collection of information from the public about what tradeoffs between the core variables one ought to find acceptable in the determination of the index while remaining broadly in line with what the HDI wishes to measure: human development and capabilities, as conceptualized by Sen (1985).

Keywords: Human Development Index, Measurement of Human Development, Capabilities Approach

JEL Classification: D63, I31, O15

Suggested Citation

Zambrano, Eduardo, 'Polity' Human Development Indices (August 27, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515787 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515787

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United States
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