Apr 24 2012
A measure of the standards of living, used to rank countries based on their level of human development. It takes into account three primary variables: the level of GDP per capita, (as an indication of income levels), literacy (as an indication of education levels), and life expectancy (as an indication of levels of health). Countries are placed into one of four categories based on their HDI ranking: “very high human development”, “high human development”, “medium human development” and “low human development”.
About the author: Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author