What measures can be used to assess the development gap?
There are many different measures used to assess the development gap, each one offering an alternate way of dividing up the world with regards to how developed it is. Here, we shall look at some of the most common indicators of development used in geography.
GDP is s how much money a country makes from its products over the course of a year, usually converted to US Dollars:
GNP is the GDP of a nation together with any money that has been earned by investment abroad minus the income earned by non-nationals within the nation.
GNP per capita is calculated as GNP divided by population; it is usually expressed in US Dollars.
It's a common indicator used for measuring development, but is imperfect as the calculation doesn’t take into account certain forms of production, such as subsistence production.
Crude Birth and Death rates (per 1000) can be used as an overall measure of the state of healthcare and education in a country, though these numbers do not give a full picture of a nation’s situation.
The HDI is a composite statistic calculated from the:
Countries are ranked based on their score and split into categories that suggest how well developed they are.
Infant mortality rate is the number of infants dying before reaching one year of age per 1,000 live births in a given year.
The rate, or percentage, of people who are able to read is a useful indicator of the state of education within a country.
High female literacy rates generally correspond with an increase in the knowledge of contraception and a falling birth rate.
This simple statistic can be used as an indicator of the:
It should not, of course, be used on its own to describe these things.
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