ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT-Malevolence of Affluence

Malevolence of Affluence N Krishnaji writes: THE focus of the Human Development Report 1998 is on inequalities in consumption across nations and between the rich and the poor everywhere. These inequalities are glaring and all too visible to the naked eye: in terms of the range of goods and services the rich command and the lack of adequate food, clothing and shelter among the poor. Making international comparisons of income and consumption is conceptually difficult, but thanks to the work behind the Human Development Reports and efforts by independent scholars, the usual GDP statistics can now be adjusted to yield meaningful comparisons of living standards. In addition, data on private consumption of items ranging from food to automobiles are readily available. HDR 1998 makes a presentation of the inequalities in much graphic detail.

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