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Random Growth in Africa? : Lessons from an Evaluation of the Growth Evidence on Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, 1965–1995

Jerven, Morten LU (2010) In Journal of Development Studies 46(2). p.274-294
Abstract
Given shortcomings in basic data collection and insufficient resources in preparing official statistics African growth data are unlikely to be very reliable. Estimates of an annual growth rate of 3 per cent may be consistent with a reality between 0 and 6 per cent growth. Although data from international databases are widely used in an expanding literature on African growth there has been no research into how serious these data inaccuracies are. This paper addresses the reliability of the available growth evidence for a selection of countries and offers concrete measures of inaccuracies. It examines the reasons for discrepancies and shows that they can be quite large.
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0022-0388
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10.1080/00220380903370161
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  abstract     = {Given shortcomings in basic data collection and insufficient resources in preparing official statistics African growth data are unlikely to be very reliable. Estimates of an annual growth rate of 3 per cent may be consistent with a reality between 0 and 6 per cent growth. Although data from international databases are widely used in an expanding literature on African growth there has been no research into how serious these data inaccuracies are. This paper addresses the reliability of the available growth evidence for a selection of countries and offers concrete measures of inaccuracies. It examines the reasons for discrepancies and shows that they can be quite large.},
  author       = {Jerven, Morten},
  issn         = {0022-0388},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {274--294},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Journal of Development Studies},
  title        = {Random Growth in Africa? : Lessons from an Evaluation of the Growth Evidence on Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, 1965–1995},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220380903370161},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {2010},
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