On Measuring Governance: Framing Issues for Debate

8 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2007

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Daniel Kaufmann

Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI); The Brookings Institution

Aart Kraay

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: January 11, 2007


This paper proposes three principles for users and producers of governance indicators that both summarize the challenges in measurement and suggest ways forward: (1) all governance indicators have measurement error, (2) there are no silver bullets, and (3) the links from governance to development outcomes are complex. An overarching message is that alternative governance indicators should be viewed as complements rather than substitutes.

Keywords: Governance, Corruption, Indicators

JEL Classification: O11, P16, P51

Suggested Citation

Kaufmann, Daniel and Kraay, Aart, On Measuring Governance: Framing Issues for Debate (January 11, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=961624 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.961624

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Aart Kraay

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