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National Human Development Report 2018 - Timor-Leste

Planning the Opportunities for a Youthful Population

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World leaders are increasingly acknowledging that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone cannot provide a full picture of a country’s progress. Enhancing human development and wellbeing requires people accessing the opportunities and means to live healthy, happy and satisfactory lives. The highly innovative 4th National Human Development Report for Timor-Leste puts the well-being of young people, three quarters of the country’s population, at the center of the development agenda. By measuring the subjective well-being of youth aged 15 to 34 across eight aspects of life based on a nation-wide survey, this report provides an excellent opportunity for decision makers to implement targeted policies and strategic investments based on an in-depth understanding of youth’s aspirations, attitudes and behaviors.

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The methodology for measuring well-being

The methodology used to measure subjective well-being in the report is largely dependent on the assumption that the variables of interest are ordinal or, rarely, categorical variables, which contrasts with human development index·(HDI) data that are predominantly cardinal. The difference between the categorical and the ordinal variables is that ordinal data contain a clear ordering of the variables (low, medium and high). So, one can put people in the categories of achieved or not achieved, but one may also order the categories as low, medium and high.

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