‘Measuring HDI: The old, the new and the elegant’ – this Thursday’s lunchtime lecture

This Thursday, 13 March 2014, OPHI is pleased to host guest lecturer Srijit Mishra, Associate Professor at the Indira Ghandi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), who will give a seminar titled ‘Measuring Human Development Index (HDI): The old, the new and the elegant’.

Mishra researches development-related issues and teaches a course on Human Development and Policy at IGIDR in Mumbai. The paper he will present on Thursday evaluates three aggregation methods of computing HDI using a set of axioms, and proposes an alternative measure, where HDI is the additive inverse of the distance from the ideal. This measure, in addition to the above-mentioned axioms, also satisfies shortfall sensitivity (the emphasis on the neglected dimension should be at least in proportion to the shortfall) and hiatus sensitivity to level (higher overall attainment must simultaneously lead to reduction in gap across dimensions).

OPHI’s lunchtime seminar series is open to all, and provides an opportunity to listen to interesting lectures on issues relating to our research themes. Seminars take place from 12-1pm in Seminar Room 3, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, OX1 3TB. A free sandwich lunch is available on a first come, first served basis.

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 and view the full listings for the seminar series here.