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Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations

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  • Cameron, Grant J.
  • Dang, Hai-Anh H.
  • Dinc, Mustafa
  • Foster, James
  • Lokshin, Michael M.

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The international development community has used the World Bank’s Statistical Capacity Index since its inception in 2004. The Sustainable Development Goals create new challenges for national statistical systems to produce high-quality and internationally comparable data. This paper reviews measurement methodologies, posits desired attributes, and presents theoretical and empirical frameworks for the new, improved index to monitor progress in the statistical capacity of nations. The paper illustrates the properties of the updated index with global data from 2016.

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  • Cameron, Grant J. & Dang, Hai-Anh H. & Dinc, Mustafa & Foster, James & Lokshin, Michael M., 2019. "Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations," GLO Discussion Paper Series 298, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
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    Keywords

    statistical capacity; statistical indicators; statistical index; national statistical system; data; measurement;

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    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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