Inequality and HDI 2010

Instructor: Suman Seth, OPHI Research Officer


Class Objectives:

  • Introduction to Human Development Index (HDI)
  • Various limitations of HDI
  • Incorporating inequality into HDI
  • Group based inequality

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Inequality and HDI

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Reading List
Suggested basic readings on this topic:

HICKS, D. A. (1997): The Inequality Adjusted Human Development Index: A Constructive Proposal,”World Development, 25(8), 1283–1298.
FOSTER, J. E., LOPEZ-CALVA, L. F. and M. SZÉKELY (2005) ‘Measuring the Distribution of Human Development: Methodology and an Application to Mexico’, Journal of Human Development, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 5-29.
GRIMM M., K. Harttgen, S. KLASEN and M. MISSELHORN (2008): ‘A Human Development Index by Income Groups’, World Development, 36(12), 2527-46.
SETH, S. (2010) ‘A class of association sensitive multidimensional welfare indices’, Vanderbilt University, http://people.vanderbilt.edu/~suman.seth/jobmarketpaper.pdf.
ALKIRE, S. and FOSTER J. F. (2010) ‘Designing the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (HDI)’, Working Paper No. 37, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.

Further readings:
DUTTA I., PATTANAIK P.K. and XU Y. (2003) ‘On measuring deprivation and the standard of living in a multidimensional framework on the basis of aggregate data’, Economica, 70, pp. 197–221.
GRIMM, M., HARTTGEN, K., KLASEN, S. and MISSELHORN, M. (2008) ‘A human development index by income groups’, World Development Vol. 36, No. 12, pp. 2527–2546.
PATTANAIK, P., REDDY, S. and XU, Y. (2007) ‘On procedures for measuring deprivation and living standards of societies in a multi-attribute framework’, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series Working Paper 08-02, Georgia State University.
SETH, S. (2009) ‘A class of association sensitive multidimensional welfare indices’, Working Paper 27, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, Oxford.