The first Human Development Report (1990) introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income, the Human Development Index. The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development. The HDI sets a minimum and a maximum for each dimension, called goalposts, and then shows where each country stands in relation to these goalposts, expressed as a value between 0 and 1.
Note: HDI rankings for the 2009 Report are based on 2007 data.
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