Human Development Index

Human Development Index is an alternative statistical data to GDP for indicating human development in each country.

It looks at 3 big categories: 1) long, healthy life, 2) knowledge, and 3) a decent standard of living. Specifically, they look at life expectancy, literacy rate, education, and GDP per capita.

I have researched China about its HDI. It ranked 94th country, and its HDI was 0.762 (out of 1). From this data, I have realized that even though China has the GDP of ranking top 3 in the world and economic growth rate of 9% every year, they were irrelevant. GDP and economic growth were not quite related to human development of countries.

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    Dr. Fig said,

    true, HDI does not measure standards of living and the quality of peoples lives. The grandest economy does not mean the best in terms of standard of living. However, you could have gone in more depth giving other examples and other measuring techniques to determine a economy. HDI is just one aspect. More evaluation is needed.


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