Assessing The Human Development Index Through the Structure of Welfare

Erik H. Cohen

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    In this study, we assess the validity of the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI), a multi-faceted indicator of national welfare. For this purpose, the HDI is introduced into a previously published typology of welfare indicators (Cohen, E. H. 2000). The HDI appears to be a well-balanced indicator of welfare, close to the semantic center of the structure. However, it is somewhat more strongly correlated with the education and population rates regions of the structure than with the production and media regions. Human Development Index (HDI), Welfare, Smallest Space Analysis (SSA), External variables.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-48
    Number of pages9
    JournalBMS Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/ Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Oct 2004

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