Is Human Development Multidimensional?

Declan French, Michael Moore, David Canning

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Stiglitz's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (CMEPSP) argued that well-being is multidimensional and identified eight distinct dimensions. Conventional linear techniques confirm that a large number of dimensions are needed to describe development. In contrast, a new non-linear technique that we introduce from chaos theory shows that a smaller number of dimensions are needed to span the development space. From the analysis, variables representing the Health, Education, Inequality and Individual Rights areas of life quality would provide a broad picture of development, whereas income per capita adds little extra information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-455
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • development
  • well-being
  • dimension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Leadership and Management
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Care Planning
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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