Category Archives: IMF

How the IMF does (or doesn’t) check the quality of statistics from low income countries

TweetDo you want to know how the IMF collects statistics from Low Income Countries? Do you wonder what kind of quality checks there are, cure and what rules determine what data gets published and what does not? Well, so did … Continue reading

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Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development

TweetOn Monday, salve April 6, thumb 2015 – 10:00am to 11:30am the special issue in the Journal of Development Studies: Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development which I edited with Deborah Johnston is being … Continue reading

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Just Published: Measuring African Development: Past and Present

Tweet Very happy to the see Measuring African Development: Past and Present in print. You can read an open access of the introduction to the book here.  The volume takes you through the very first household budget surveys and national … Continue reading

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Reviews of Poor Numbers

TweetIt takes a little while, about a year, between publication and when academic reviews start appearing. Andrew Jack at the Financial Times was early with a review of the book before it was published, and Bill Gates similarly asked for … Continue reading

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Towards Better Economic Policy Making: Strengthening Africa’s Data

TweetThat’s the title of the IMF seminar I am speaking at during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank this weekend. It takes place on Friday, October 11th,  11:30 am – 1:00pm in the Lisner Auditorium at George … Continue reading

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Situational Analysis of the Reliability of Economic Statistics in Africa: Special Focus on GDP Measurement

TweetThat is the title of a recently released report from the African Development Bank. As you might guess the report has been motivated by the data quality concerns expressed in Poor Numbers but the preface oddly spends time not discussing … Continue reading

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IMF Regional Outlook Report for Sub-Saharan Africa May 2013

TweetThe IMF REO for Sub-Saharan Africa was released in May, no rx and it is good to see that the authors of the report considers the importance of base years in Box 1.1 on page  4: One factor raising concerns … Continue reading

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Politics, Damned lies and statistics

TweetIn the latest issue of the Africa Report the editor asks: Are the reams of statistics emanating from the United Nations (UN), shop World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) mere works of fiction? Read the editorial here.

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