Brief Description Annual index and ranking created by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in 1995 to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations.
How to use/read this information Higher is the value more free is the economic environment. Following are the "brackets" indicate by the Heritage Foundation - Free (80–100) | Mostly Free (70.0–79.9) | Moderately Free (60.0–69.9) | Mostly Unfree (50.0–59.9) | Repressed (0–4
Brief Description Annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization's assessment of the countries' press freedom records in the previous year. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations, and netizens enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom. Reporters Without Borders is careful to note that the index only deals with press freedom and does not measure the quality of journalism nor does it look at human rights violations in general.
How to use/read this information A smaller score corresponds to greater freedom of the press
Brief Description Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income per capita indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, the GDP per capita is higher, the fertility rate is lower, and the inflation rate is lower. The HDI was developed by the Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq working alongside Indian economist Amartya Sen, often framed in terms of whether people are able to "be" and "do" desirable things in their life, and was published by the United Nations Development Programme.
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Brief Description The Gini coefficient measures the inequality among values of a frequency distribution (for example, levels of income). A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, where all values are the same (for example, where everyone has the same income). A Gini coefficient of 1 (or 100%) expresses maximal inequality among values (e.g., for a large number of people, where only one person has all the income or consumption, and all others have none, the Gini coefficient will be very nearly one). [source Wikipedia]
How to use/read this information 0 represents total equality - 100 expresses maximal inequality
Brief Description Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), is an indicator published by Transparency International since 1995. It ranks the countries "by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys", as stated in their website.
How to use/read this information The index indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean)