[2010-01-29 HDI 20th Anniversary] Towards Other Ways of Measuring Human Development (Foronda, CA. Carvajal, RN. and Ocampo, M.)

Towards Other Ways of Measuring Human Development - What an Indicator of Quality of Life Might Contribute presented at the Human Development Index 20th Anniversary Conference, at Cambridge, UK, on the 28-29 January 2010 by Mr. Carlos Alberto Foronda, Universidad Privada Boliviana

Abstract

This document presents details of the new approach suggested for measuring Quality of Life in Bolivia through a Quality of Life Index (QoLI). Although there is a unique conceptual framework (Sen’s capabilities approach), two versions of this Index are presented: i) the first one is constructed using a Principal Components Analysis adapted to qualitative variables and is conceived as a tool for assessing the national government’s budget distribution amongst the 9 bolivian States; ii) the second version is constructed using an Exploratory Factor Analysis and is conceived for designing public policies to support bolivian international migrants’ families. Throughout the document these two versions of the QoLI are compared to the HDI, both from theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Resumen

Este documento presenta los detalles de un nuevo enfoque propuesto para la medición de la calidad de vida en Bolivia a través de un Indicador de Calidad de Vida. Aunque existe un único marco conceptual (Enfoque de capacidades de Sen), dos versiones de este índice se presentan: i) la primera, se construye utilizando un Análisis de Componentes Principales adaptado a variables cualitativas y se concibe como un instrumento para evaluar la distribución del presupuesto del gobierno nacional entre los 9 departamentos de Bolivia, ii) la segunda, se construye utilizando un análisis factorial exploratorio y se la concibe para el diseño de políticas públicas de apoyo a las familias bolivianas de los migrantes internacionales. A lo largo del documento, estas dos versiones del Indicador de Calidad de Vida se comparan con el índice de desarrollo humano, desde perspectivas teóricas y metodológicas.

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This presentation, "Towards Other Ways of Measuring Human Development - What an Indicator of Quality of Life Might Contribute", was presented by Cristian Ricardo Nogales Carvajal, associate professor at the Universidad Privada Boliviana to a workshop entitled "Twenty Years of Human Development: The past and the future of the Human Development Index." The workshop was held under the auspices of the Von Hugel Institute/Capability and Sustainability Network of the Univ. of Cambridge, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the University of Cambridge, on 28-29 January, 2010.

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