Human Development Index (Forest)
- This article is about the Human Development Index used in the region Forest. For the one published by Ceorana, see Ceorana Department of State Human Development Index.
Inspired by the UN Human Development Index and believing that NationStates have placed too much emphasis on economic matters as an indicator of progress, the region of Forest has developed it's own Human Development Index.
- Go here to see how the UN HDI works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index
- Go here to view the United Nation's own web page on the HDI: http://hdr.undp.org/
This is a comparative measure and is only indicative of the relative status of the NationStates surveyed. The principle could be applied to all Nationstates using an XML feed.
The Forest index looks at 3 factors: alleviation of poverty; health; and education.
- Alleviation of poverty - compares the gross domestic product per capita
- Health - compares the amount of money spent on health per capita
- Education - compares the amount of money spent on education per capita
For the calculation of the Human Devopment Index, Forest has relied upon NSEconomy for its data.
This is a much simpler methodology (and doesn't actually measure outcomes) when compared with the UN model which considers life expectancy, literacy and school enrolments. This information is not available in NationStates although some sort of model could be built to derive that information.
For each of the 3 categories the following formula is used:
Note: If the lowest score by a nation is 0 (ie the nation is not spending any money on that category) use a very small number, not 0, so that a logarithm can be calculated.
This will give a score between 0 and 1. The category scores are added and the average calculated. This becomes the Human Development Index. The closer the score to one, the better the nation's human development. The closer to zero, the worse.
Social Equality Adjustment
Nations with a high social equality measure will have fewer extremes in health and education standards. In other words nations with a low social equality measure will spend a disproportionate amount of their income on the health and education of the wealthy. To account for this the Forest HDI calculates an Equality Rating for each nation.
Equality Rating = Expenditure on Social Equality / Gross Domestic Procuct
The values for Health and Education spending per capita are increased by the Equality Rating.
- Consider this example from 24 June 2006 for calculating the HDI for Carboni, one of the nations in Forest. Carboni has an Equality Rating of 7.95%.
- GDP per capita: 2908.29
- Health spending per capita (+7.95%): 299.37
- Education spending per capita (+7.95%): 773.38
64 nations, including all nations from Forest plus others of interest, were surveyed on 14 January 2007 and achieved the following ratings.
|Northern Caesarea||.977||very high|
|New Montreal States||.966||very high|
|Tanah Burung||.956||very high|
|The Lowland Clans||.955||very high|
|Consumer Engineering||.943||very high|
|Pink Snowmen||.920||very high|
|Dark Lone Wolves||.910||high|
|Pixies on Toadstools||.906||high|
|The Islands of Qutar||.898||high|
|The Dawn Tiger||.831||high|
|My Beloved Lúthien||.829||high|
|Sel Appa||.689||medium high|
|Alasdair I Frosticus||.664||medium high|
|Liverpool England||.632||medium high|
|Commerce Heights||.618||medium high|
|Siberian Taiga||.607||medium high|
|Silva Animorum||.580||medium high|
|Light in NationStates||.559||medium high|
|The Archregimancy||.545||medium high|
Sustainable Development Index
Forest also has a Sustainable Development Index that includes spending on the environment and public transport.