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The Measure of America

American Human Development Report 2008-2009

By Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis & Eduardo Borges Martins

For the first time since the United Nations Development Programme began its global Human Development series eighteen years ago, a report gauging living standards in the United States, a wealthy developed nation, has been published. The American Human Development Index—the measure of how well Americans are doing—assesses whether they are living a long and healthy life, having access to knowledge, and enjoying a decent standard of living.

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