Yap, Mandy LM (2012). "Whose development? Eliciting Indigenous preferences through discrete choice models" Paper presented at the 9th annual conference of the HDCA, 5-7 September 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Human Development Index (HDI) grew from the idea that developing human capabilities is central to development. Since its inception, there has been a plethora of research around constructing composite measures of human development to capture several dimensions in a single metric. There are two important considerations in the generation of composite indices. Firstly, whether the dimensions included reflect the development goals of the population at hand. Secondly, whether the assignment of equal weights is appropriate. This paper examines whether alternative weighting schemes change the ranking of Indigenous regions using a Gender-Related Index for Indigenous Australians derived using the 2006 Australian census. The results suggest that the ranking of Indigenous regions are sensitive to the type of weighting methods employed. It then explores the feasibility of using discrete choice modeling as a method for eliciting the preferences of Indigenous individuals to establish the relative weights for a Gender-Related Index for Indigenous Australians.