Give three disadvantages of using an economic measure of development such as GNI.

Economic measures, especially simplistic measures such as GNI, can be misleading. Firstly, economic measures do not take any account of people’s quality of life which is important in social terms. Secondly, economic measures tend to be per person / are an average figure so do not allow for extremes of wealth and poverty. Finally, many economic measures are in US$ so do not allow for the relative spending power of different currencies.

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