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A New Historical Database on World Human Development Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III and CEPR) Human wellbeing is widely viewed as a multidimensional phenomenon, in which income is only one facet. Human development, defined as “a process of enlarging people’s choices”(UNDP, 1990, p. 10), namely, enjoying a healthy life, acquiring knowledge and achieving a decent standard of living, provides a long run view of human well-being. As comprehensive perspective of human development at world scale and over time is lacking, a long-run view that stresses the health and knowledge dimensions of wellbeing is the main goal of the new historical database. The new Historical Index of Human Development ( HIHD ) covers up to 157 countries from mid-nineteenth century before large-scale improvements in health, helped by the diffusion of the germ theory of disease (Preston, 1975; Riley, 2001), and in primary education (Benavot and Riddle, 1988) began, to 2007, the eve of the Great Recession (Prados de la Escosura, 2016) In the new website http://espacioinvestiga.org/home-hihd/?lang=en a dynamic graphic presentation is available for the aggregate historical index of human development (HIHD) and each of its dimensions across world regions. Each country’s human development index and its dimensions, including their contribution to the aggregate index, can also be viewed and accessed separately. The database can be downloaded from the website, together with a discussion paper that presents the concepts and discusses the sources and procedures employed in the construction of the indices. A detailed list of the sources used in the construction
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