Author Date

2020-08-07

Degree Name

BA

Department

Geography

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2020-07-28

Publication Date

2020-08-07

First Faculty Advisor

Daniel Olsen

First Faculty Reader

Bruce Money

Honors Coordinator

Samuel Otterstrom

Keywords

Human Development Index, World Happiness Report, Japan, Thailand, Economic Development, National Culture

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to make human development and happiness comparisons between two countries that are found in the same region of the world and share similar cultural and historical backgrounds. For this study, the human development measures for Japan and Thailand are compared based on Life Expectancy, Literacy Rates, and Gross Domestic Product (per capita) measures. First, the historical development of Japan and Thailand is presented, highlighting the key historical economic and political moments in each country that has led them to their present state of development. Second, the two countries were compared using quantitative and qualitative data from past and current human development indexing and World Happiness Reports from the United Nations as well as research publications that elucidate how the people of these countries view themselves in terms of their level of development and well-being.

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