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Authors: 
Arcelus, F. J.
Sharma, B.
Srinivasan, G.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/08
Abstract: 
The human development index (HDI) developed by the United Nations Development Programme is computed as the average of three equally weighted outcome measures: life expectancy (LI), educational attainment (EI) and income (WI). However, this computational process is independent of the resources being devoted by each country to the achievement of the three outcome levels. Hence, it is conceivable that two different countries may consume vastly different amount of resources in achieving the same outcome, say, LI. However, this difference in the efficiency of resource utilization is not reflected in the HDI. The purpose of this paper is to address this efficiency issue.
Subjects: 
human development index
data envelopment analysis
efficiency
congestion and scale economics
JEL: 
C10
I31
ISBN: 
9291906832
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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