The Politics and Economics of Poverty Dialogue: Human Development Index Information

By: Abigail Van Buren, NYU’17

In light of the upcoming La Pietra Dialogue on The Politics and Economics of Poverty, some statistics and background information on world poverty may be of interest to dialogue attendees. The United Nations releases a report on what is known as the Human Development Index, which is a composite statistical report of life expectancy, education, and income to rank countries on human development.

The following links may be of interest in preparation for the upcoming dialogue.

This is a graphical presentation of how the United Nations mathematically calculates statistics of the Human Development Index, Inequality-adjusted human development index (IHDI), Gender Inequality Index (GII), and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

This table displays the UN’s Human Development Index statistics from 1980 to 2012 by country.

The UN’s public data explorer creates graphs based on the Human Development Index. It is Interactive with the user on how the Human Development Index of a country is based on different aspects such as education, gender, poverty, health etc.

As the official Human Development Index report of the UN is lengthy, here is an article by the guardian summarizing and analyzing the results of the full report.

This is the United Nation’s world map of highest to lowest Human Development Index.  

These statistics and links can enhance the upcoming dialogues for the audience attending the talks. The dialogue expanding on the politics and economics of poverty will be at Villa Sassetti on February 13th from 12:00-1:30 pm and is accepting R.S.V.Ps at or 055 5007202.

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