On A Class of Human Development Index Measures

Author: 
Srijit Mishra
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan
Description: 
WP-2008-020
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Abstract: 
Using Minkowski distance function we propose a class of Human Development Index measures. Special cases of this turn out to be the popularly used linear average method as also a newly proposed displaced ideal method. Two measures of penalty are suggested. One captures the non-uniform attainment across dimensions and the other captures the deviation from the ideal path. A method of adjusting for unequal weights is also provided.