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Insights from Disaggregating the Human Capital Index

Investing in Human Capital
When first launched in 2018, the Human Capital Index measured the productivity of the next generation of workers for 157 countries at the national level. However, due to its national view, the HCI does not allow us to see differences within a country, particularly between richer and poorer households.

Therefore, researchers within the World Bank have created a socioeconomically-disaggregated Human Capital Index (SES-HCI). This tool sheds light on inequalities in building human capital, allowing policymakers to better target interventions to the most disadvantaged households.

What is the SES-HCI?

The SES-HCI is computed using the same methodology as the global HCI but relies on different data sources to allow for a disaggregation by socioeconomic status (SES). It is computed for a sample of 50 low- and middle-income countries (and 88 country-years) where these SES-disaggregated data are available. The differences in data sources imply that the SES-HCI data at the quintile level, and averaged to the national level, are not fully comparable or consistent with the global HCI, and countries’ scores and relative positions can differ between the SES-HCI and the global index. However, the SES-HCI can still prove informative about gaps in human capital outcomes across quintiles.

Download SES-HCI Data

This table will let you download briefs for each of the 50 low- and middle-income countries for which the socioeconomically disaggregated HCI data is available. More countries may be added if the right data are made avaialble. 


Burkina FasoBurundiCameroonChad
Colombia ComorosCongo, Dem. Rep.Congo, Rep.
Côte d’Ivoire Dominican RepublicEgypt, Arab Rep. El Salvador 
Eswatini EthiopiaGabonGambia, The
IndiaJordanKenyaKyrgyz Republic
TurkeyUgandaVietnamWest Bank and Gaza