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Africa's statistical tragedy: best statistics, best government effectiveness

Kodila-Tedika, Oasis (2012): Africa's statistical tragedy: best statistics, best government effectiveness. Published in: International Journal of Development Issues , Vol. 2, No. 13 : pp. 171-178.

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We analyze the effect of statistical capacity on government effectiveness/efficiency using cross-sectional and panel data from a sample of 48 African countries for the period 2003-2008. The results show that statistical capacity positively affects government effectiveness/efficiency. It follows that countries with higher statistical capacity levels enjoy institutions of better quality than countries with low levels of statistical capacity. As a policy implication, if Africa does not have effective governments, it is partly because it has a very weak statistical capacity. In such an environment, access to information for effective governance is compromised.

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