Human Development Index Massive Flaw Exposed!
The thing is, you can argue all day long about the minutiae. Which country has the cheaper houses? In which country are your job prospects better? Which country pays the best salaries? Which country has the best weather? (…err, let me think?)
Alright, obviously Australia has the better weather…
But then ask which country has the best beaches, the most open spaces, which country is less crowded, then back that pendulum comes again.
It’s all in the question.
But, what really clever people do is devise a system. A system that categorically decides what is best. I noticed this the other night when watching football. At the end of the game, instead of listening to a couple of “experts” pontificating over who played best, working out which team was superior, analysing all the action and finally coming up with was it a fair result or not, I was presented with a performance index.
“With 15 successful passes, three tackles, two assists and a goal, Raphael Van der Vaart scored a performance index of 8.96, making him the man of the match.”
How clever is that?
Not as clever as this.
It’s easy to compare 11 players against 11 players over 90 min. But how about comparing more than 160 countries over an entire year! That’s really clever and it’s what the boys over at HDR have done.
For 40 years these people have been studying countries, making notes and coming up with scores. They turn all this stuff into a Human Development Index. This year, Australia scored 0.989 which is probably more impressive than Raphael Van der Vaart’s 8.96….. although it doesn’t look as much.
I’m not going to analyse the results too much because at the very top, they’re not that much different from last year. Although it is a concern to see that the UK has dropped down from last years position in 21st and is now down to 26th. That puts them behind both Italy and Greece, neither of whom are having a great time at the moment.
On the other hand, making a huge leap up the table from last year’s 13th is the United States. This year they are fourth! An impressive improvement, I wonder how they did that? Maybe by simply getting rid of George Bush?
They are, as they were last year, in second. That doesn’t surprise me, seeing them so high in the list again. I love living here in Australia, it “feels good” compared to how England used to feel. I feel happy living here, comfortable, relaxed, those aren’t the feelings I had towards the latter end of my time in England.
So no, I’m not surprised that Australia are way ahead of England in this index.
But what does surprise me is, as smart as those HDI people obviously are, they are just not smart enough. Despite me pointing out last year the obvious flaw in their argument, they’ve made exactly the same mistake again this year.
Come on boys! You’ve got to build something in it for the chill factor! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to see which country comes first. And why I think the HDR guys have got it wrong.
And you can do that by reading my post from last year called And the Best Country in the World to Live in is…….and you will also see a link to the full list of results for 2010 AND 2009.