The Resource-Infrastructure-Environment Index for Measuring Progress: An Application to Australia, Mexico and the US

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Natoli, Riccardo and Zuhair, Segu (2013) The Resource-Infrastructure-Environment Index for Measuring Progress: An Application to Australia, Mexico and the US. Social Indicators Research, 110 (1). pp. 31-54. ISSN 0303-8300 (print) 1573-0921 (online)

Abstract

The resource-infrastructure-environment (RIE) index was proposed as an alternative measure of progress which was then employed to: (1) compare the aggregate (single summary) index findings between Australia (mid-industrialised nation), Mexico (emerging economy), and the US (highly industrialised nation); and (2) compare the RIE index against the gross domestic product (GDP), human development index (HDI) and genuine savings (GS) measure. This paper builds on the previous work by assessing the seven themes and 21 dimensions which comprise the RIE index for the three aforementioned nations, as well as the associated policy implications. The results identified Australia’s strength in the human resource and infrastructure themes. For Mexico, strong contributions came from the natural and generated resource themes as well as the physical environment theme, while the US performed strongly in the infrastructure themes. The comparative results of the US and Mexico illustrated that it is possible to achieve high levels of progress without an excessive reliance on high levels of production and income.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10401
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-011-9914-6
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-011-9914-6
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
Historical > FOR Classification > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Keywords ResPubID24938, ResPubID25574, social indicators research, natural resources, infrastructure, physical environment, data normalisation, weighting technique, Canadian Policy Research Network, CPRN, food consumption, obesity epidemic, life expectancy, skills base, tertiary-educated immigrant workers
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