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The worldwide governance indicators : methodology and analytical issues

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  • Kaufmann, Daniel
  • Kraay, Aart
  • Mastruzzi, Massimo

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This paper summarizes the methodology of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project, and related analytical issues. The WGI cover over 200 countries and territories, measuring six dimensions of governance starting in 1996: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism, GovernmentEffectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption. The aggregate indicators are based on several hundred individual underlying variables, taken from a wide variety of existing data sources. The data reflect the views on governance of survey respondents and public, private, and NGO sector experts worldwide. The WGI also explicitly report margins of error accompanying each country estimate. These reflect the inherent difficulties in measuring governance using any kind of data. Even after taking these margins of error into account, the WGI permit meaningful cross-country and over-time comparisons. The aggregate indicators, together with the disaggregated underlying source data, are available at www.govindicators.org.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5430.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5430

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Keywords: Governance Indicators; National Governance; Public Sector Corruption&Anticorruption Measures; Economic Policy; Institutions and Governance; Statistical&Mathematical Sciences;

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  1. Mary Hallward-Driemeier & Gita Khun-Jush & Lant Pritchett, 2014. "Deals versus Rules: Policy Implementation Uncertainty and Why Firms Hate It," NBER Chapters, in: African Successes: Government and Institutions National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. The Value of a Vote and China's Governance Deficit by Mark Harrison
    by Mark Harrison in Mark Harrison's blog on 2012-11-07 11:05:14
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