Front Matter

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Contents

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Boxes, Figures, Maps, and Tables

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pp. x-xii

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xiv

Bravo to the American Human Development team for another breakthrough volume. The Measure of America 2010–2011 could not be more timely. As poverty is rising and high unemployment is causing searing pain across society, we need an accurate understanding of America’s diverse and complex conditions. No other ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

Words cannot express our profound gratitude to those who have supported this project. We are grateful to our funders for believing in this initiative and for their steadfast support and encouragement. They include: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation—Steven M. Hilton, Ed Cain, and Bill Pitkin—and the Lincy Foundation—...

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Key Findings

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pp. 2-9

“You manage what you measure.” Among management consultants, this phrase has become something of a mantra. With the rapid advance in recent years of computerization and digital networks, the capacity of businesses, universities, governments, and other institutions to measure results has grown exponentially....

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Introduction. Human Development in America Today

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pp. 10-35

America’s ability to fulfill its promise as a nation that offers everyone a fair chance relies on broadly shared freedom and opportunity. And today more than ever, raising our standard of living depends upon effective competition in the global marketplace. How are we faring in these two missions? ...

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CHAPTER 1. What the American Human Development Index Reveals

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pp. 36-57

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a vital measure. Tracking the expansion and contraction of market activity and production tells a crucial part of a nation’s story—but an incomplete one. Complementing GDP with data on the health, education, and income of the typical American along with information about who...

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CHAPTER 2. A Long and Healthy Life

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pp. 58-109

On March 23, 2010, after a year of bare-knuckled, highly partisan debate, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law requires that all Americans have health insurance by 2014 and forbids insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions....

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CHAPTER 3. Access to Knowledge

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pp. 110-151

Knowledge is a catalyst for a productive life—for surmounting limitations and for developing and realizing a meaningful existence. Mountains of empirical evidence demonstrate the overwhelming influence that access to knowledge commands over other dimensions of human well-being. For individuals, more education ...

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CHAPTER 4. A Decent Standard of Living

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pp. 152-193

The recession that began in the last quarter of 2007 and continued officially through the last quarter of 2009 changed the lives of many and shook the confidence of most, but the financial downturn did not treat all equally. Among those who study labor patterns, one of the most surprising findings was the ...

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CONCLUSION. Agenda for Action: Reducing Risks,Building Resilience

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pp. 194-207

Hurricanes are indiscriminate in the application of force: flying and falling debris threaten life and limb, trees snap and topple, roads are rendered impassible. But while the storms themselves are indiscriminate, their effects are not. Homes set on higher ground may escape the peak storm surge and resultant flooding even ...

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Human Development Indicators

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pp. 208-269

The following indicator tables were prepared using, to the degree possible, official U.S. government data from the most recent available year. For cross-country comparisons, data are drawn from international organizations, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, ...

References

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pp. 270-320