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On Adjusting the Survivorship Dimension in the Human Development Index
Udaya S. Mishra
Over the years, a refinement and improvement has been made in the Human Development Index (HDI) in the wake of questions and reservations raised in connection with the adequacy of representation of the three said dimensions in terms of the chosen indicators. Surprisingly, such revisions are accounted for only in the literacy and GDP component leaving aside the life expectancy component, which is assumed to represent the survivorship dimension well. This is an attempt at pointing inadequacies in this dimension as well in terms of its lack of uniqueness and sensitivity. As a result, a similar refinement is proposed in terms of considering another additional dimension of survivorship to make it more robust and sensitive to short-term changes in the dynamics of survival.

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