On A Class of Human Development Index Measures

Srijit Mishra, Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan
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Using Minkowski distance function we propose a class of Human Development
Index measures. Special cases of this turn out to be the popularly used linear average method
as also a newly proposed displaced ideal method. Two measures of penalty are suggested.
One captures the non-uniform attainment across dimensions and the other captures the
deviation from the ideal path. A method of adjusting for unequal weights is also provided.