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The Good African Society Index

4 July 2014
Author: Ferdi Botha
Publication Type: Working Paper
Economic Theme: Public Finance
JEL Code: I31, O55, Z13

This paper constructs a Good Society Index for 45 African countries, termed the Good African Society Index (GASI). The GASI consists of nine main indexes: (i) economic sustainability, (ii) democracy and freedom, (iii) child well-being, (iv) environment and infrastructure, (v) safety and security, (vi) health and health systems, (vii) integrity and justice, (viii) education, and (xi) social sustainability and social cohesion. Each component is split into four sub-components for a total of 36 indicators. Tunisia ranks highest on the GASI, followed by Cape Verde and Botswana. Chad has the lowest GASI score, followed by Central African Republic and Cote d’Ivoire. The GASI is strongly related to the 2012 Human Development Index and, to a lesser extent, GNI per capita.

Series title: Working paper 441
1 July 2014
Journal: Social Indicator Research
7 February 2015
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