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A reading list for the data revolution

TweetIf you have sat through more than two conferences and workshops on the post-2015 development agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals (or tracked #SDGs or #data2015 on Twitter) you will be aware that there is a certain repetition of ideas. … 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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Africa and Economics. What’s the problem?

TweetSensitivity to local conditions? Check. World Bank Kenya got it covered. Right on cue, doctor the World Bank makes a contribution to the debate on whether Economics has an Africa problem (here and here). Several WBG Executive Directors are visiting … Continue reading

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Are Development Statistics Manipulable ?

TweetThat 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 … Continue reading

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Statistical Earthquakes

TweetThat’s what Homi Kharas and Laurence Chandy calls it. They refer to the shifts that the new price data come from the International Comparison Program are causing to the poverty numbers. The new numbers are causing large revisions upwards and … Continue reading

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World poverty halved?

TweetThe implications from the new 2011 PPP benchmarks from the ICP numbers may mean a huge reduction in the poverty head count in the world. Sarah Dykstra, sick Charles Kenny and Justin Sandefur at the Center for Global Development draw … Continue reading

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Someone robbed the databank (at the World Bank)

TweetMore specifically, Justin Sandefur (with Sarah Dykstra and Benjamin Dykstra) at the Center for Global Development have been running a script to get full access to the data in the Povcalnet database maintained at the World Bank (by Shaohua Chen; … Continue reading

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New Afrobarometer results further question the ‘Africa rising’ narrative

TweetIn Poor Numbers I suggested that many African economies are not growing as fast as the official statistics will have us think, store and that we know too little to judge what is happening actually to living standards and poverty … 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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GDP in Ghana – Two lines

TweetAs I have discussed elsewhere (here, here and here), in 2010, Ghana changed its base year for GDP calculation from 1993 to 2006, and the cumulative effect of change in methods, base year and adding new data on economic activities … Continue reading

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