Levels of Development/HDI

Basically, the HDI, and accompanying map, is just a way of showing those countries that have a lot, those that have something and those that have next to nothing.

Your first assignment will involve using:

– the latest HDI data to do some mapping and

– different criteria to illustrate how a country falls in one category or another.

The assignment outline is here and the format with one country modelled is here.

The two powerpoints from class are here:

Development – bridging the gap

Millenium Development Goals


8 Responses to “Levels of Development/HDI”

  1. Claire Says:

    I have been looking up the factors affecting HDI but some of the factors seem to be repetitive and sort of related. For example, the main factors seem to be literacy, life expectancy, GDP per capita, birth rate, infant mortality, education index, etc. Is it ok if some of them are repeated, just as long as they aren’t repeated in the same category?

  2. Stefan Blazevic Says:

    When creating a table for this map assignment, do I have to indicate that the countries which are not colored; they are not a part of the 12 selected countries?

  3. heffernan Says:

    OK, you’ve done the development assignment. So does a higher level of development lead to more happiness? Does greater economic uncertainty lead to more unhappiness? What is happiness, anyway?

    Check out this survey and give your comments:

    Does it meet your expectations?

  4. John U. Says:

    It appears from this survey that a higher level of development does not necessarily lead to more happiness, as evidenced by the survey. One thing that I did notice though, was that developing countries such as India and Brazil seemed to be the happiest nations. It also appears that economic uncertainty does not always lead to more unhappiness because despite the current global financial issue, world happiness overall is actually on the rise. Happiness in my mind is when one is content and satisfied with the direction in which their life is heading. This survey does meet my expectations about world happiness. I thought that the world was becoming a happier place, and this survey proves that my thoughts were correct.

  5. Matthew Uehling Says:

    This survey shows that happiness is not necessarily derived from economic prosperity. Even though at the time of this survey, the economy globally was on a downturn, the global level of happiness went up. This to me shows that as humans, we believe that happiness comes from sources other than money. People always say that money can’t buy happiness, and this helps confirm that statement. Clearly, economic uncertainty does not lead to unhappiness. It gives us reasons to pull together and work towards creating a better, more prosperous planet. Happiness comes from the human spirit, something that can’t be created or destroyed with money and big economies. Being who we are is what creates a sense of joy, and as people, coming together for a common good is what creates happiness above all.

  6. Amanda Says:

    Agreeing with what has been said about economic prosperity not equalizing to happiness, this shows that materialistic gain plays a significant role in our state of contentment. The reason why nations that are lesser developed show higher rates for happiness is because they are content with the basic essentials they have. While in countries such as South Korea and Hungary – which are extremely developed in technology that fuel our source of entertainment had been rated the lowest in happiness.

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