Human Development Report 1997

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The Human Development Report's eighth annual edition continues its tradition of updating the unique Human Development Indicators comparing human development in most countries of the world, and the data tables on all aspects of human development. The 1997 edition focuses on the goal of eradicating extreme poverty in the early 21st century and views this goal as completely attainable, regarding it as a moral imperative to which almost all countries committed themselves at the World summit for Social Development in 1995.



Properties of the human poverty index

This technical note states, establishes and discusses some important properties of the human poverty index. Intended as an aid to understanding the index, these properties are derived with respect to a more general definition of the human poverty index P(α) than that actually used in this Report. This allows the possibility that the weights on the three poverty subindices may differ, so that P(α) is a weighted mean of order α of P1, P2 and P3.


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