ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Human Poverty Index-A Critique

This note reviews the construction of the Human Poverty Index (HPI) presented in the Human Development Report 1997. Like all such indices, the HPl summarises information but, it is argued here, as a summary measure it has no obvious merit, especially in relation to simpler, more easily understood indices such as the simple mean. Do we need an Index at all? The answer is no.

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