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Old 11-05-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Post what do you think maybe...

Well, the methodology changed this year. So from "how much is your country like Sweden" it went to "how much is your country like someones agenda" I just briefly read the methodology and it's bizarre. School time... so studying till 40 is good now. Or GINI per household consumption... so more you eat, the better etc. Crime levels are waay off, no wonder if data are self-reported.

Such ladders can't be taken seriously. If stable country swings +17 or -14 during short period of time it says about how manipulative the methodology and statistics are.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Well the "swing" doesn't really have to do anything with stability of a country, for example Iceland went down by 14 spots but experienced no change at all. None of those stable countries had change bigger than 0.005, and even New Zealand who went up by 17 percent changed only by 0.003, which is about average.

I think the position of UK, Austria and Luxembourg at the bottom of EU (among pre-2004 members) is very interesting because they belong to the wealthiest countries and in EU and they are generally considered to be among the most developed. Also Portugal's doing pretty bad as it fell behind the countries that had to recover from communism. However, I think it's great that new EU members are doing well and are no longer at the bottom.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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The difference in scores among the top countries tend to be unbelivably small on the Index. Thats why you can get huge swings. It is better for figuring out who is First/Second/Third world.
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:38 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The US rising so much in one year did strike me as a little strange. I've actually been following this for some years and usually our position didn't change that much that fast. I think NZ usually didn't shift that much in one year either, although they might have been undervalued in the past.

I guess it's due to a new methodology.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:49 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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HDI changes explained, well for the most part.

Forget GDP: These Are the Most Advanced Countries in the World - Derek Thompson - Business - The Atlantic
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