Fox Administration - Human Development

Human Development

Human Development Index (HDI)
in Mexico
Year HDI1 Annual increase (%)
1975 0.689 1.335
1985 0.755 0.544
1990 0.764 0.238
1995 0.782 0.471
2000 0.809 0.206
2003 0.814
Human Development Index (HDI)
in Latin America (2003)
Country HDI 2000-2003 increase (%)
Argentina 0.863 0.82
Chile 0.854 1.30
Uruguay 0.840
Costa Rica 0.838 0.72
Cuba 0.817
Mexico 0.814 0.62
Panama 0.804 1.26
Venezuela 0.772 0

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standard of living for countries worldwide. The table on the right shows Mexico's Human Development Index (HDI) from 1975 to 2003 along with yearly percentage increases.

HDI improved in the first three years of the Fox administration 0.206% annually, .62% in total, the lowest increase in almost three decades. During the last year of the Zedillo administration Mexico reached, for the first time in history, a HDI of 0.8 which is considered to represent high development. During that period countries such as Canada, France and Great Britain reported low increases and even some decreases while Cuba surpassed Mexico at 0.817, Costa Rica reached 0.838, Argentina scored 0.863 and Brazil increased 1.17%.

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