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The politics behind World Bank statistics the case of China's income

Wade, Robert Hunter (2012) The politics behind World Bank statistics the case of China's income. Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (25). pp. 17-18. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

Statistics prepared by international agencies are valued because they are considered accurate and reliable. But are they? Two stories about World Bank statistics tell us how the data it compiles are vulnerable to manipulation by interested parties. National and international statistical offices always operate in the tension between professional standards of objectivity and political insistence on certain results. The political economy of statistics needs to become a serious field of study.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Economic and Political Weekly
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Departments > International Development
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 15:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45094/

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