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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231154956
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/22/2008
Series: A Columbia / SSRC Book Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.92(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, Maps, and Tables     ix
Foreword   Amartya Sen     xi
Foreword   William H. Draper III     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Executive Summary     2
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
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
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
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
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
Notes     214
Glossary     219
Bibliography     221
Index to Indicators     234
Maps At-A-Glance     236

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