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- DescriptionOne of the most urgent challenges in African ecomic development is to devise a strategy for improving statistical capacity. Reliable statistics, including estimates of ecomic growth rates and per-capita income, are basic to the operation of governments in developing countries and vital to ngovernmental 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 t merely a technical problem; it has a massive impact on the welfare of citizens in developing countries. Where do these statistics originate? How accurate are they? Poor Numbers is the first analysis of the production and use of African ecomic development statistics. Morten Jerven's research shows how the statistical capacities of sub-Saharan African ecomies have fallen into disarray. The numbers substantially misstate the actual state of affairs. As a result, scarce resources are misapplied. Development policy does t deliver the benefits expected. Policymakers' attempts to improve the lot of the citizenry are frustrated. Dors have accurate sense of the impact of the aid they supply. Jerven's findings from sub-Saharan Africa have far-reaching implications for aid and development policy. As Jerven tes, the current catchphrase in the development community is evidence-based policy, and scholars are applying increasingly sophisticated ecometric methods-but statistical techniques can substitute for partial and unreliable data.
- Author BiographyMorten Jerven is Assistant Professor in the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University.
- Author(s)Morten Jerven
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication24/01/2013
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCornell Studies in Political Economy
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note14, 12 tables, 2 charts
- Weight285 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
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