Did you know? #1

Published on September, 7 2010 at 12:00am

Several ESRG Members & Affiliates have developed measures on government effort to respect, protect and fulfill economic and social rights?

For instance, in a recent working paper ESRG Member Dave Richards and K. Chad Clay develop such a measure and find that the top five governments in the year 2000 are (1) Mongolia, (2) Iceland, (3) Moldova, (4) Finland, and (5) Estonia. To read more about their technique and further rankings see “Measuring Government Effort to Respect Economic, Social,and Cultural Rights,” which can be found on the ESRG Working Paper Series at http://ideas.repec.org/p/uct/ecriwp/13.html

Susan Randolph (ESRG Member), Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (ESRG Affiliate) and Terra Lawson-Remer develop a separate measure for high-income OECD countries and developing countries in their paper “Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index: Country Scores and Rankings”, recently published in the Journal of Human Rights (available in published form at:(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2010.501257 and in working paper form at: http://ideas.repec.org/p/uct/ecriwp/13.html . Among high income OECD countries, Finland (1), Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the Czech Republic (5) score highest, while among the developing countries, Guyana (1), Bulgaria, Cuba, Moldova, and the Kyrgyz Republic (5) achieve the highest scores.