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little about wealth distribution, and thus the level of poverty

As mentioned before, those are NOT the same thing. Income distribution in North Korea is probably very good, people are equally poor. But they still starve to death when the crops fail.

Wealth distribution does NOT measure poverty.

Besides, HDI includes wealth distribution.

But yes, it sais very little about pensioners incomes.

by freedomfighter on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 09:19:38 AM EST
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As mentioned before, those are NOT the same thing.

No one said they are the same thing. One needs both the average and the distribution to calculate the level of poverty (be it absolute or relative), and you ignored one of these.

Besides, HDI includes wealth distribution.

Nope. The sole figure in HDI related to wealth (but not equivalent with wealth, ask the Irish) is per capita GDP, which is an average. Check the formula.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Oct 27th, 2007 at 04:17:10 PM EST
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You are right. Because those statistics typically are mentioned in the Human Development Report, I thought they were a part of the HDI, but they aren't.
by freedomfighter on Mon Oct 29th, 2007 at 02:05:13 PM EST
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