A proposal of to extend the United Nations “Human Development Index”

Vol. 13 No. 4 (1993)

Oct-Dec / 1993
Published October 1, 1993
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How to Cite

Romão, Maurício Costa. 1993. “A Proposal of to Extend the United Nations ‘Human Development Index’”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 13 (4):597-612. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31571993-0668.

A proposal of to extend the United Nations “Human Development Index”

Maurício Costa Romão
Professor do Programa de Pós-graduação em Economia (Pimes) do Departamento de Economia da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE, Recife/PE, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 13 No. 4 (1993), Oct-Dec / 1993, Pages 597-612


In spite the considerable advance made to the literature on development by the
recent United Nations attempt to measuring “human development”, this paper argues that,
especially in the context of developing countries, where poverty and inequality are of substantial
order, these two dimensions should be integrated and added to the index proposed by
that organism. This is accomplished by a new measure that simultaneously take into account
indices of poverty, income distribution and human development. Empirical results show that
the extension suggested is important and more appropriate for policy purposes.

JEL Classification: O15; I32.

Keywords: HDI welfare development indexes