IS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT MULTIDIMENSIONAL?
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 445–455, May 2013
How to Cite
French, D., Moore, M. and Canning, D. (2013), IS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT MULTIDIMENSIONAL?. J. Int. Dev., 25: 445–455. doi: 10.1002/jid.2811
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012
Stiglitz's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (CMEPSP) argued that well-being is multidimensional and identified eight distinct dimensions. Conventional linear techniques confirm that a large number of dimensions are needed to describe development. In contrast, a new non-linear technique that we introduce from chaos theory shows that a smaller number of dimensions are needed to span the development space. From the analysis, variables representing the Health, Education, Inequality and Individual Rights areas of life quality would provide a broad picture of development, whereas income per capita adds little extra information. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.