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The Inclusive Development Index 2018

World Economic Forum | January 2018

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The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP. It has 3 pillars; growth and development; inclusion an To help narrow the gap between aspiration and action, the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Economic Progress last year introduced a new economic policy framework and performance metric in its Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017.

The framework identifies 15 areas of structural economic policy and institutional strength that have the potential to contribute simultaneously to higher growth and wider social participation in the process and benefits of such growth. The structural policies and institutions in these domains collectively represent the system through which modern market economies diffuse gains in living standards.

Governments often fail to appreciate the potential of policy in these areas to increase the rate of growth and spread its benefits more widely, particularly in demand-constrained and low-productivity contexts. Under emphasis of these policies relative to macroeconomic, trade, and financial stability policies is a key reason for many governments’ failure in recent decades to mobilize a more effective response to widening inequality and stagnating median income as technological change and globalization have gathered force.

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