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Revisiting the Meaning of Development: A Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries

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Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, Andy Sumner

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1728-1745
Number of pages18
Issue number12

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Many have challenged the use of income per capita as the primary proxy for measuring development since Seers's seminal works. This article continues this tradition with a more recent twist. We use cluster analysis to build a multidimensional taxonomy of developing countries using a set of indicators covering four conceptual frames on 'development'. The value-added of the article is not to suggest that our classification is the end in itself, but - more modestly - to demonstrate that more work on taxonomies is required in light of the weakness of classifications based solely on income and the changing distribution of global poverty.

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