Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations

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Grant James Cameron

World Bank

Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Vietnam National University Ha Noi; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) - Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Mustafa Dinc

World Bank

James E. Foster

George Washington University

Michael Lokshin

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: January 8, 2019

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Inequality, FoodSecurity, Economic Growth, Early Child and Children's Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health, Poverty Impact Evaluation, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Poverty Diagnostics, Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping, Poverty Lines, Poverty Assessment

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Grant James and Dang, Hai-Anh H. and Dinc, Mustafa and Foster, James E. and Lokshin, Michael, Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations (January 8, 2019). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8693, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312472

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