Asian countries dominate World Bank’s new index of investment in ‘human capital’

Index seeks to name and shame countries failing to invest in health and education to create productive children

Asian countries have topped a new World Bank measure called the “human capital index” – a measure of youth mortality, schooling and health. The institution said increasing health and education investment could lead to more than half the children born this year doubling their lifetime earnings.

The human capital index is an attempt to shame countries into boosting efforts “to ensure a healthy, educated and resilient population ready for the workplace of the future”, the bank said.

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