Inequality in Multidimensional Indicators of Well-Being: Methodology and Application to the Human Development Index

  • Quentin Wodon
  • Shlomo Yitzhaki
Part of the Economic Studies in Equality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 5)


Inequality measures for multidimensional indicators of well-being may be sensitive to the weights used for weighting the various dimensions taken into account in the overall indicator. This paper provides a general yet simple method for assessing whether the Gini index of inequality is sensitive to changes in weights. The method is applied to the Human Development Index (HDI). Changing the weights used to compute the HDI would not change significantly world inequality in human development.


Weighting Scheme Human Development Index Gini Index United Nations Development Programme Inequality Measure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quentin Wodon
    • 1
  • Shlomo Yitzhaki
    • 2
  1. 1.World BankWashington D.C.
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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