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What do we measure to find the standard of living?
May 17, 2010 10:22 PM
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Good question and it's changing. The generally used and accepted measure/indicator is the Human Development Index (HDI). This is a number that ranks countries according to a combination of 3 main factors - GDP (Gross Domestic Product) = money a country has/ national income - Education - Life expectancy = how long people are expected to live, when they are born. However people argue that other factors should be included - for example FREEDOM levels, happiness, pollution... Personally, I think these statistics help to direct donor money to countries that need it but also that everything is relative. I would rather be happy than rich ;) I think my Quality of Life or Standard of Living would be higher if I was happier and threw all my money away :)
May 17, 2010
Every country has its own standard, here it's the CPI.
May 17, 2010
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