Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Interesting article about the HDI

Cuba not in the 2010 HDI.

Here's the story.

How was Cuba doing prior to 2010?


  1. In the 2009 HDI rank Cuba was #51 and the United States was #13.

    It seems odd that they were able to find data for income for Cuba in 2009 but not 2010, i wonder what was different.

    Why does the World Bank not calculate Cuba's GDP(PPP)? I'm guessing its a long standing political thing, but seems silly to exclude statistical information about a particular country when the organization is supposed to cover all economies of the world.

  2. Even though this is a little off topic from Cuba, I was wondering the implications of different HDI's within various regions of a nation (especially among the US states) and how that all plays out. There is actually an American Human Development Index, which displays tons of data that separates the best-off from the worst-off in various states according to racial and ethnic groups. Race plays such a large role in determining the HDI of a group within this nation, the disparities are quite shocking.

    For example, Asian Americans in New Jersey live 26 years longer, are 11 times more likely to have a graduate degree and earn $35,610 more per year than South Dakota Native Americans. Quite a discrepancy. Really solid info though-gathered by the Social Science Research Council.