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Development Profile

The Development Profile display can be reached from the Display option of the Main Menu, Specialized Display sub-option and Development Profile sub-sub-option. It is also located under the Main Menu Map options.

The purpose of the Development Profile display feature is to track how Human Capital, Social Capital, Physical Capital and Knowledge contribute to the annual growth of a country/region or a group. For purposes of development, it is helpful to understand what aspects of a country/region or group are helping or harming the growth of a country/region or group.

The left column represents different variables calculated by IFs organized into categories. The Computed Value column represents the actual numbers calculated for the year your have selected (top right scroll-down list). These values are then used to calculate the Expected Value Predicted from GDP (Gross Domestic Product) Per Capita at PPP (Purchasing Power Parity). A Standard Error is then displayed, followed by a Standard Error of the Value from the Prediction. The final two values display how the categories Contributed to Annual Growth (displayed as a percentage) and how their contribution can be displayed as a parameter.

There are three scroll-down lists at the top of the Development Profile screen. You can choose between regions (if that has been chosen from the Main Menu) or global groups (if that has been chosen from the Main Menu). Scroll down to India in order to learn more about how to use this feature of IFs. To the right of the country/region or group scroll-down list, you can choose what year you would like display. You can then choose which Run-Result-File you would like to see displayed.


If you left-click on any of the variables displayed on the left, you will be presented with the option to graph the variable. Click on Graph and you will be presented with a graph that shows the Computed Value of that variable for the year you have selected, as well as a logarithmic graph of GDP at PPP compared to the variable you are interested in.

Select one variable that you would like to see forecast over time. Click on the number displayed in the Computed Value column. Choose Show Over Time and a chart will appear that displays this variable for each year computed in your version of IFs and for each Run-Result-File that you are using. At the top of this chart you have a number of options for displaying this information. You may visually represent this information through a line graph or a bar graph, save the information, toggle between whole number representation or representation as a percentage of the base year, toggle between displaying results as cumulative totals, turn the interval average on or off, add or design a filter or set the time horizon for your information.