‘HDI: the old, the new and the elegant’ – podcast now available

You can now download the presentation and podcast of an OPHI lunchtime seminar given by guest speaker Srijit Mishra, Associate Professor at the Indira Ghandi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), on ‘Measuring Human Development Index: The old, the new and the elegant’.

In the lecture, which was given on 13 March 2014, Mishra evaluates three aggregation methods of computing the Human Development Index (HDI). He explores the appropriatenesses of the pre-2010 measure, which used the linear average, and the current measure, which uses geometric mean. He goes on to present a new displaced ideal methodology, proposing the MANUSH axiom: M – monotonicity,  A – anonymity, N – normalization, U – uniformity, S -shortfall sensitivity and H – hiatus sensitivity.

You can listen to the lecture in full and view the slides of the presentation here.

OPHI’s seminar series offers the opportunity to listen to interesting and though-provoking discussions on elements of our research themes. Many of the seminars are made available as audio podcasts afterwards, and can be downloaded from our website along with the presentations given. You can browse previous lectures in the seminar series here.

The OPHI lunchtime seminar series will return in Michaelmas 2014. Make sure you’re kept up to date by signing up to OPHI’s mailing list, joining us on Facebook, or following up on Twitter.