Social Indicators Research

, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 959–984 | Cite as

Human Assets Index: Insights from a Retrospective Series Analysis

  • Sosso Feindouno
  • Michael GoujonEmail author


We build retrospective series for the Human Assets Index from the United Nations—Committee for Development Policy data. The HAI is a composite index which includes health and education components. Our series cover 145 developing countries for the period 1990–2014. The analysis provides insights into the changes in the HAI and its distribution for different groups of Developing Countries. We discuss the importance of the HAI’s components by considering the weight given to them in the index. We propose a new weighting scheme which is optimized based on the correlation ratio and linearity (nonlinearity) relationship between components, and we present the country ranking changes due to the optimized HAI.


Human capital Historical series Imputation Composite Weights 

JEL Codes

C43 C82 I15 I25 O15 



This research was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche of the French government through the program ‘Investissements d’avenir’ (ANR-10-LABX-14-01), through the IDGM + initiative led by Ferdi (Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ferdi, Foundation for International Development Study and Research, and CERDI, CNRSUniversity Clermont AuvergneClermont-FerrandFrance

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