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Building a development database (Part 4)


  1. For the following countries find out the values for indicators relating to the relating to development and living standards and add them to your database. There are often a number of different indicators that you could use so choose one you consider appropriate. A list of possible measures is included below.
  • Australia
  • China
  • Romania
  • Ecuador
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • USA
  • access to health care
  • nutrition
  • infant mortality,
  • maternal mortality,
  • life expectancy,
  • access to education,
  • access to safe water,
  1. Outline how these indicators differ from the GDP per capita (PPP) data you found earlier.
  2. Analyse the reliability of GDP per capita (PPP) as an indicator of development.
  3. Prepare a rank ordered list of the countries in terms of their level of economic development. Discuss the problems you found in doing this.