Cuestiones implícitas al medir en economía: El índice de desarrollo humano (IDH) como un estudio de campo.
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An ancient desire of human beings has been to manage the future by fixing ends and means and calculating the best allocation of the later into the former. The earliest testimony of this ambition is expressed in Plato’s dialogue Protagoras. He looks for a procedure of choice that would save us from the contingency of “luck”. Aristotle then realized that uses and routines are means that help to consolidate a predictable tendency (see, e.g., Nicomachean Ethics VII, 10, 1152a 26-7). Social pressure, laws and organizations produce predictable behaviours. All these means ar e usually considered or gathered under the label of “institutions” in a broad sense.