Eduardo Rocha, Luiz (2009). "Estrutura espacial do índice de desenvolvimento de família das regioes rural e urbana de estado de Minas Geris- Brasil" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

This article aims at estimating the Family Development Index (FDI) in both urban and rural areas in the State of Minas Gerais. Due to a heterogeneous social-economic situation of the State, the index will be separated from the micro-regions, a fact which will allow for better evidence of regional differences. The FDI is composed by six dimensions: a) non-existing vulnerability, b) access to literacy, c) job opportunities, d) available services and resources, e) infant development, f) housing conditions. To one extend, each one of such dimensions represents the access to resources in order to satisfy the families’ needs. To another extent, they also cater for a complete and effective satisfaction of the families. This article implement the exploratory spatial data analysis through the Moran’s I statistic and also through the cluster analysis. On showing the welfare level in the Mineira’s families, this article will contribute to identitying both the needs of specific public policies as well as the regions in need, differentiating them from more developed regions and areas.