That is the question we explore in a new paper I have written with Andrew Kerner and Alison Beatty. Both political scientist at University of Michigan. Most of you would know that there is a GDP per capita threshold that determines whether you are a Low Income country or not. This threshold is determined by IDA (of the World Bank Group) and in turn it decides whether you get cheaper loans and aid. If countries were gaming the statistics on would see a clustering of countries just below the threshold. We find a cluster just below the line.
- Ruling the World by Numbers: Preliminary Syllabus – Comments Welcome
- Ruling the world by numbers: knowledge and politics in international development
- Discussing ‘Poor Numbers’ with Bill Easterly
- How the IMF does (or doesn’t) check the quality of statistics from low income countries
- Public Talk: Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong @GrinnellCollege March 2, 4 pm ARH 302