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A Multivariate Analysis of the Human Development Index

Basudeb Biswas () and Frank Caliendo ()

No 2002-11, Working Papers from Utah State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: A multivariate technique called principal component analysis is used to combine measures of human development. The first principal component index is the linear combination of component indexes with maximal information content. This multivariate technique accounts for differences in the variances of component indexes as well as interdependence among the component indexes. The first principal component of the three indexes used in the HDI (life expectancy, education, GDP) yields rankings nearly identical to the HDI itself. We interpret this as theoretical support for the HDI ranking system as a metric of international human development.

Keywords: North-South; growth model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2002-07
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