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Worldwide Governance Indicators Project: Answering the Critics

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Daniel Kaufmann

Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI); The Brookings Institution

Aart Kraay

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Massimo Mastruzzi

World Bank Institute

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

The Worldwide Governance Indicators, reporting estimates of six dimensions of governance for over 200 countries between 1996 and 2005, have become widely used among policymakers and academics. They have also attracted some explicit written criticisms. In this short paper the authors synthesize 11 critiques offered by four recent papers. They then refute them as either conceptually incorrect or empirically unsubstantiated.

Keywords: Governance Indicators, National Governance, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences, Economic Policy, Institutions and Governance, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures

Suggested Citation

Kaufmann, Daniel and Kraay, Aart and Mastruzzi, Massimo, Worldwide Governance Indicators Project: Answering the Critics (March 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4149. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=965077

Daniel Kaufmann (Contact Author)

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Aart Kraay

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Massimo Mastruzzi

World Bank Institute ( email )

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United States

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