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CeFH guest talk: The subnational human and gender development indices

Presentation by Iñaki Permanyer, Centre for Demographic Studies, Autonomus University of Barcelona

Presentation by Iñaki Permanyer, Centre for Demographic Studies, Autonomus University of Barcelona

15. Jan | 2020

Marcus Thranes gate 2, meeting room 201, 2nd floor


In this presentation I will describe the Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI) and the Subnational Gender Development Index (SGDI). The SHDI is estimated for the period 1990-2017 for 1625 regions within 161 countries, together with the three dimension indices on the basis of which the index is constructed – education, health and standard of living --, and for the four indicators needed to create the dimension indices -- expected years of schooling, mean years of schooling, life expectancy and gross national income per capita. The SGDI is based on the gender-specific estimates of those indicators. The subnational values of the four basic indicators are computed using data from statistical offices and from the Area Database of the Global Data Lab, which contains indicators aggregated from household surveys and census datasets. Values for missing years are estimated by interpolation and extrapolation from real data. By normalizing the population-weighted averages of the indicators to their national levels in the UNDP-HDI database, values of the SHDI and its dimension indices are obtained that at national level equal their official versions of the UNDP. To conclude, I will document the levels and trends in within-country and between-country variation in human development across the globe. 

About the speaker

Iñaki Permanyer is a Ramón y Cajal research fellow working in the Center for Demographic Studies (CED) since 2010. With a degree in Mathematics, he holds a PhD in Demography from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) since 2007. Before coming to the CED, he has worked in the UAB Economics Department (2000-2008), in the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC, 2007-2008) and in the Department of City and Regional Planning in Cornell University (2008-2010). He has been awarded with several research grants, like the Fulbright Fellowship, the Juan de la Cierva and the Ramón y Cajal fellowships and, more recently, a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. He has more than twenty publications in top field journals like the Journal of Development EconomicsWorld DevelopmentPopulation and Development ReviewDemography or Demographic Research (see full CV).