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

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

by Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis, Eduardo Borges Martins
     
 

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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

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.

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231510905
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2008
Series:
A Columbia / SSRC Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
8 MB

What People are saying about this

William H. Draper

A rich analysis that will help us forge ahead in creating more economic dynamism, more effective social policies, and an expansion of everyone's freedom and opportunities.

Amartya Sen

We get in this report not only an evaluation of what the limitations of human development are in the United States, but also how the relative place of America has been slipping in comparison with other countries over recent years. In the skilled hands of Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis, and Eduardo Borges Martins, the contrasts within the country—related to region, race, class, and other important distinctions—receive powerful investigation and exposure. In these growing gaps we can also see one of the most important aspects of the souring of the American Dream, which is so much under discussion today. I do not doubt that The Measure of America will receive the huge attention that it richly deserves.

Pamela B. Walters

This report shows that the quality of life issues we typically associate with the grossly inadequate social welfare programs of under-resourced countries are problems experienced by a shockingly large portion of the American population-perhaps a growing proportion.

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.

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