Inequality in income reduces human development index

The rank of 104 would have looked much different if the architects of the 2010 Human Development Index (HDI) had kept the population of countries from its previous reports. The exclusion of the Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines made way for Guyana to move up the ranks instead of occupying the 110th spot.  According to the authors of the report, these countries were removed from coverage because of the unavailability of data or the uncertainty of validity of their data.  The removal from the report must have been a shock to Antigua and Barbuda which, along with Barbados, was listed among the countries with a very high human development.  The absence of these six Caribbean countries from the report turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Guyana, allowing it to move to a more favourable position in the ranking.  Even with that, …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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