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Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a quantitative measure of development allowing for comparisons across countries and over time. Three main dimensions comprise the index: life expectancy at birth, years of schooling for adults aged 25 years and more and expected years of schooling for children of school entering age, and gross national income per capita.

Follow the link below to access data from the Human Development Index:

Since 2010, Human Development Report data has been available on Google Public Data Explorer. This tool allows for the separation of composite indices as well as the ability to evaluate the different components of the indices such as mean years of schooling (of adults), and  adult literacy rate.

Library Resources

The Human Development Report can be large and unwieldy in PDF form. If you prefer working with paper copy, the Carleton Library has each Human Development Report from 1992-2015 available in print.