Human Development

Instructor: James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University, and OPHI Research Associate

Class Objectives: This session introduces some economic approaches to analysing advances in human development, particularly health and education.


Part 1
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Part 2
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Reading List
Key readings:
Basu, K. and J.E. Foster (1998): “On measuring literacy”. The Economic Journal, 108, 1733-49.
Allison, R.A. and Foster, J.E. (2004): “Measuring health inequality using qualitative data”, Journal of Health Economics, 23, 3, 505-524.
Foster, J.E., L. Lopez-Calva, and M. Szekely (2005): “Measuring the Distribution of Human Development: Methodology and an Application to Mexico”. Journal of Human Development. 6, 5-29.
Hicks, D.A. (1997): “The inequality-adjusted Human Development Index: a constructive proposal”, World Development , 25, 1283–1298.

Background readings:

Anand, S. and A.K. Sen (1995): “Gender inequality in human development: theories and measurement”, Human Development Report Office Occasional Paper 19. United Nations Development Programme, New York, August.
Seth, Suman (2008): “Correlation Adjusted Multidimensional Development Indices,” mimeo