is getting better all the time -
basic sources for world data
the conditions of people
around the world
- Measuring the Changing Condition of
the World's Poor: The Physical Quality of Life Index (1960-1990)
Morris, Morris David
(1996, Thomas J Watson Jr Institute For International Studies)
this article can be downloaded from
be warned that it is about 125 A4 pages long, ie big.
- Human Development Report 1997
United Nations Development Programme
(pbk, 1997, OUP, 0195119975)
$19.95 [amazon.com] [this issue no longer available from
each year this report has a theme. this 1997 edition
contains a useful analysis of the place of the state.
Several of the entries in this section are updated
regularly, check with your library or bookshop for the latest edition.
2002 edition available at here.
The theme for 2002 is the state of democracy.
A summary is available at the end of this
and data tables are available here.
- GDP and other quality
of life measurements
Short paper highlighting various measures of standards
of living and standards of well-being, with discussion and links.
Foundation 2007 Index of Economic Freedoms,
executive summary page, and downloads including
by country rankings, raw
data listing, entire
Select country, scores will be accessed.
Then for details, click on highlighted country
There are various search options available, including previous years.
- Economic Freedom of the World 1975
- 1995 Gwartney, Lawson & Block
See here for 2001
edition, with downloads.
general world statistics by country, accessed
by drop-down menu.
This site also provides a short Gini
Nations Development Programme/World Bank Gini list
contains large numbers of estimates of varying
quality. (This is a zipped excel file.)
for a short explanation of Gini ratings.
In general, the higher the Gini rating, the less
equal the wealth distribution;
are examples for some countries.
is a short table with basic economic details for
many countries (in a PDF file).
Competitiveness Report [2005-2006
Competitiveness rankings for 80 countries, produced
by the World Economic Forum.
by country for 2002-2003.]
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resources and ecological data