Human Well-Being Indicators in South Asia Region
This chapter discusses the outcomes of public policy implementation from all of the eight countries of the South Asian region. In some cases, finding data consistency and availability has been a challenge, but overall it is consistent. Primarily, data from World Bank reports and databases across 1990–2017 are used. GDP (growth and per capita trends), health (life expectancy, infant mortality rate, survival to 65 years of age, availability of doctors and beds), education (literacy rate, mean and expected years of schooling), human development (Human Development Index), poverty (Multidimensional Poverty Index), unemployment (youth and total), and subjective well-being or happiness (life satisfaction, happy life years, World Happiness Report rankings) are tracked for the given period and comparisons are made through graphical depiction and narration in order to examine trends in each area. After reading this chapter, the reader will gain a clear understanding of the status of human well-being indicators in each country in South Asia and of the region as a whole. It would also help the reader to have a comparative view of South Asia region vis-à-vis other regions of the world. In addition, these outcomes are expected to provide appropriate guidelines for future policy direction.
KeywordsHuman well-being South Asia GDP Health Education Governance Subjective well-being Happiness
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