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Poor Numbers How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It

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ISBN-10: 080147860X

ISBN-13: 9780801478604

Edition: 2013

Authors: Morten Jerven

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Description:

One of the most urgent challenges in African economic development is to devise a strategy for improving statistical capacity. Reliable statistics, including estimates of economic growth rates and per-capita income, are basic to the operation of governments in developing countries and vital to nongovernmental organizations and other entities that provide financial aid to them. Rich countries and international financial institutions such as the World Bank allocate their development resources on the basis of such data. The paucity of accurate statistics is not merely a technical problem; it has a massive impact on the welfare of citizens in developing countries.Where do these statistics…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Do We Know about Income and Growth in Africa?
Measuring African Wealth and Progress
Facts, Assumptions, and Controversy: Lessons from the Datasets
Data for Development: Using and Improving African Statistics
Conclusion: Development by Numbers
A Comparison of GDP Estimates from the World Development Indicators Database and Country Estimates
Details of Interviews and Questionnaires
Notes
References
Index