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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2Society, Institutions, and Development$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.001.0001

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Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development

Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development

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(p.119) Chapter 7 Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2
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Gustav Ranis

Frances Stewart

Emma Samman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.003.0008

This chapter adopts a more expansive definition of human development than that encompassed by the Human Development Index in order to explore diverse country patterns of behaviour in relation to these broader dimensions. It first identifies the dimensions to be investigated and then presents the methodology adopted for classifying country behaviour. Countries are shown to differ substantially in terms of their behaviour on the various dimensions of wellbeing, probably due to differences in physical environment, history, culture, or policies. The chapter groups countries by level of per capita income, experience with violent internal conflict, transition status, region of the world, oil resources, and distance from the equator and from the sea, in the search for differences in behaviour according to country typology. It finds some differences according to this typology and that choices exist across the board. For example, even low income countries can perform well in all categories, while some high income countries do poorly.

Keywords:   human development, wellbeing, typologies, capabilities, quality of life

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