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The World Bank Human Capital Index: A Guide

Aart Kraay

World Bank Research Observer, 2019, vol. 34, issue 1, 1-33

Abstract: This paper provides a guide to the new World Bank Human Capital Index (HCI), situating its methodology in the context of the development accounting literature. The HCI combines indicators of health and education into a measure of the human capital that a child born today can expect to achieve by her 18th birthday, given the risks of poor education and health that prevail in the country where she lives. The HCI is measured in units of productivity relative to a benchmark of complete education and full health, and ranges from 0 to 1. A value ofon the HCI indicates that a child born today can expect to be onlypercent as productive as a future worker as she would be if she enjoyed complete education and full health.

Keywords: human capital; health; education; development accounting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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