Measuring Development


Quality of Life

The general well-being a person or society has defined in terms of health and happiness rather than wealth

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Standard of Living

The level of wealth available to a certain socioeconomic class in a certain geographic area

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Example Indicators

Death rate isn't a good indicator for development as there could be an ageing population and fewer children being born

Literacy rate is a good indicator as the country has to spend, and be able to spend on schooling

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Development Indicators


GNI - Gross National Income per person. This is the value of a country's income divided by the number of people in that country

Death Rate - The number of deaths per 1000


Birth Rate - The number of live births per 1000

People per Doctor - The ratio of the population to doctors

Access to Safe Water - The number of people that have access to clean, safe water

Life expectancy - The average number of years a person might be expected to live

Infant Mortality - The number of babies who don't survive to the age of 1 per 1000

HDI - Human Development Index, based on factors such as life expectancy, education, etc

Literacy Rate - The percentage of adults who can read and write (over 15)

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