Knowledge Note


"The Human Capital Index (HCI) measures the human capital trajectory from birth to adulthood of a child born today."

The Human Capital Index (HCI): Methodology quantitatively illustrates the key stages in this trajectory and their consequences for the productivity of the next generation of workers, with three components:

      1: Survival. This component of the index reflects the unfortunate reality that not all children born today will survive until the age when the process of human capital accumulation through formal education begins.

      2: School. This component of the index combines information on the quantity and quality of education.

      3: Health. There is no single broadly accepted, directly measured, and widely available summary measure of health that can be used in the same way as years of school as a standard measure of educational attainment.

What is the World Bank's Human Capital Index? Watch the video here

Explore the Human Capital Index with this interactive map

Additional Resource The Human Capital Project