Measuring Human Development and Human Deprivations

OPHI Working Papers

This paper is devoted to the discussion of the measurement of human development and poverty, especially in United Nations Development Program’s global Human Development Reports. We first outline the methodological evolution of different indices over the last two decades, focusing on the well-known Human Development Index (HDI) and the poverty indices. We then critically evaluate these measures and discuss possible improvements that could be made. 

Citation: Seth, S. and Villar, A. (2017). 'Measuring human development and human deprivations', OPHI Working Paper 110, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPH), University of Oxford.

Also published in D’Ambrosio, C. (ed.), 2018, Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being, ch. 3, ISBN: 978 1 78195 370 9.

Human Development Report, measurement of human development, Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, measurement of multidimensional poverty

Measuring Human Development and Human Deprivations

Suman Seth and Antonio Villar
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OPHI Working Papers
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O15, D63, I3
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WP 110