The HDI combines three dimensions:
- Life expectancy at birth, as an index of population health and longevity
- Knowledge and education, as measured by the adult literacy rate (with two-thirds weighting) and the combined primary, secondary, and tertiary gross enrollment ratio (with one-third weighting).
- Standard of living, as measured by the natural logarithm of gross domestic product per capita at purchasing power parity.
The Global Competitiveness Report is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. The first report was released in 1979. The 2009-2010 report covers 133 major and emerging economies, down from 134 considered in the 2008-2009 report as Moldova was excluded due to lack of survey data. Switzerland leads the ranking as the most competitive economy in the world, as the United States, which ranked first for several years, fell to second place due to the consequences of the financial crisis of 2007–2009 and its macroeconomic stability.
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The Child Development Index (CDI) is an index combining performance measures specific to children - education, health and nutrition - to produce a score on a scale of 0 to 100. A zero score would be the best. The higher the score, the worse children are faring.
The Child Development Index was developed by Save the Children UK in 2008 through the contributions of Terry McKinley, Director of the Centre for Development Policy and Research at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with support from Katerina Kyrili.
The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking developed by the Legatum Institute of 104 countries, according to a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth, personal wellbeing, and quality of life. Australia topped the list of the 2008 report. The 2008 Legatum Prosperity Index is based on 44 different indicators analysed across 104 nations around the world. Source data includes Gallup World Poll, WTO, World Development Indicators, GDP, WIPO, UN Human Development Report, World Bank, OECD, World Values Survey. Oxford Analytica is Legatum's research partner for the Prosperity Index and contributed the methodology and analysis. Detailed information about the 2008 Legatum Prosperity Index, the rankings and methodology are available at www.prosperity.com.