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The Living Standards Dimension of the Human Development Index
The Living Standards Dimension for the Human Development Index: Interactive Visualization Map

The data collected from this report is now available in an interactive visualization map. The map allows users to zoom in on particular provinces to see how it is doing across all eight indicators, as well to be able to pick one indicator and see its strengths and weaknesses across the country.

The Living Standards Dimension of the Human Development Index: Measuring Poverty with Big Data

Oct 18, 2016

Measuring Poverty with Big Data

Partnering with Baidu to provide big data, the report brings a measure called the Living Standard Dimension of the Human Development Index that addresses the multi-faceted and complex nature of poverty by combining eight indicators to evaluate the provision of services of the 2,284 counties across the country. The eight indicators include: access to piped water, access to sanitary toilets, access to indoor kitchens, access to living services, access to financial services, access to roads, mobile internet coverage, and nighttime light density.

The Living Standards Index serves to support income-based measures of poverty and hopefully become a supplementary tool to assist policy makers and development practitioners. The Index ranks Zhejiang and Jiangsu in first and second place respectively, followed by Beijing and Shanghai. In addition, Ningxia ranks 11th and is the only autonomous region to have an index value that exceeds the country average.




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