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The Measure of America: American Human Development Report, 2008-2009 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation. It introduces the American Human Development Index, which provides a single measure of well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity. The Index rankings of the 50 states and 436 congressional districts reveal huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups. Clear, precise, objective, and authoritative, this report will become the basis for all serious discussions concerning the realization of a fair, just, and globally competitive American society.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Huffington Post - Derek Shearer

For the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Health, Housing, Transportation, and White House staffers on domestic policy, a highly useful gift would be: The Measure of America

The New England Journal of Medicine - Christopher Simms

A welcome book... strongly recommended.

Choice

This very timely report articulates clearly the state of the country, using a multifaceted perspective; it is written in a straightforward, engaging manner... Essential.

Metro Spirit

The Measure of America is a wonderful tool and informative guide for readers in search of a deeper understanding of the complex nature of American society.

Choice

This very timely report articulates clearly the state of the country, using a multifaceted perspective; it is written in a straightforward, engaging manner... Essential.

The Huffington Post
For the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Health, Housing, Transportation, and White House staffers on domestic policy, a highly useful gift would be: The Measure of America

— Derek Shearer

The Globalist

One of The Globalist's Ten Favorite Books of 2008.

The New England Journal of Medicine
A welcome book... strongly recommended.

— Christopher Simms

The New England Journal of Medicine

A welcome book... strongly recommended.

— Christopher Simms

The Huffington Post

For the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Health, Housing, Transportation, and White House staffers on domestic policy, a highly useful gift would be: The Measure of America

— Derek Shearer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231154956
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: A Columbia / SSRC Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,249,642
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Burd-Sharps served as the deputy director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office until September 2006. Kristen Lewis was a lead author of the water and sanitation report of the U.N. Millennium Project, led by Jeffrey Sachs, and writes extensively on development, gender, and the environment. Eduardo Borges Martins was the chief statistician in the creation of the Human Development Index for Brazil's municipalities. The American Human Development Project is an independent, non-profit initiative of Oxfam America, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, with additional support from the Annenberg Foundation.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, Maps, and Tables

Foreword Amartya Sen Sen, Amartya

Foreword William H. Draper III Draper, William H., III

Acknowledgments

Executive Summary 2

Part 1 Understanding Human Development 8

Introduction 10

Shared Aspirations and Values: The American Dream 16

Capabilities in the United States 18

Human Poverty 19

Human Security 20

Measuring Human Development 22

Part 2 What the American Human Development Index Reveals 26

Introduction 28

Historical Trends: Forty-five Years of Human Development Progress 29

Presenting the American Human Development Index 30

Part 3 The Building Blocks of the HD Index 44

A Long and Healthy Life 46

Introduction 48

What Does the HD Index Show? 50

The Many Determinants of Good Health 55

Leading Causes of Death 56

Essential Conditions for Good Health 64

Health Insurance: The Policy That Unlocks Many Doors 72

Conclusion 78

Access to Knowledge 80

Introduction 82

What Does the HD Index Show? 88

How We Fare Internationally 91

The Knowledge Journey 92

Conclusion 118

A Decent Standard of Living 120

Introduction 122

What Does the HD Index Show? 125

Trends in U.S. Income and Wealth 132

Factors That Fuel Growth in Earnings Inequality 138

Conclusion 148

Part 4 8-Point Human Development Agenda 150

Introduction 152

For a Long and Healthy Life 153

For Access to Knowledge 154

For a Decent Standard of Living 156

To Raise the American Index for States and People Left Behind 158

Part 5 Human Development Indicators 160

American Human Development Index Indicator Tables 162

U.S. Indicator Tables 173

OECD Indicator Tables 193

References 202

Methodological Notes 204

Notes214

Glossary 219

Bibliography 221

Index to Indicators 234

Maps At-A-Glance 236

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