Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development

34 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2007

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Gustav Ranis

Yale University - Department of Economics (Deceased)

Frances Stewart

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Emma Samman

University of Oxford

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

This paper adopts a more expansive definition of Human Development than that encompassed by the Human Development Index in order to explore diverse country patterns of behavior in relation to these broadened dimensions. We proceed by first identifying the dimensions to be investigated and subsequently present the methodology adopted for clarifying country behavior with respect to these dimensions. Countries are shown to differ substantially in terms of their choices among the independent dimensions of well-being which may or may not be constrained by history or culture. We then group countries by level of per capita income, experience with internal conflict, region of the world, oil, wealth, distance from the equator, distance from the sea, in the search for identifiable differential behavior patterns by country typology. We find that choices do exist across the board. For example, even low income countries can achieve well in all categories while high income countries do poorly.

Keywords: Human Development, Quality of Life, Happiness, Capabilities, Country Behavior

JEL Classification: I31, O15, O57

Suggested Citation

Ranis, Gustav and Stewart, Frances and Samman, Emma, Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development (November 2007). Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 958, Yale Economics Department Working Paper No. 31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030028

Gustav Ranis (Contact Author)

Yale University - Department of Economics (Deceased)

United States

Frances Stewart

University of Oxford - Department of Economics ( email )

Manor Road Building
Oxford, OX1 3BJ, Oxfordshire OX13UQ
United Kingdom

Emma Samman

University of Oxford ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

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