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On the accuracy of trade and GDP statistics in Africa : Errors of commission and omission

Jerven, Morten LU (2014) In Journal of African Trade 1(1). p.45-52
Abstract
African trade statistics suffer from errors of commission and omission. A quarter-century ago, Alexander Yeats (1990) compared receipts of importers and exporters and concluded that the data could not be used to determine the magnitude, direction, or composition of trade. The only fact to be safely deduced from the evidence was that the statistics were plagued by widespread smuggling and/or underreporting. More than two decades later, despite improvement in external economic conditions, trade statistics continue to be lacking in quality.
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Africa, trade, statistics, GDP
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Journal of African Trade
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8 pages
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2214-8515
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10.1016/j.joat.2014.08.001
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English
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  abstract     = {African trade statistics suffer from errors of commission and omission. A quarter-century ago, Alexander Yeats (1990) compared receipts of importers and exporters and concluded that the data could not be used to determine the magnitude, direction, or composition of trade. The only fact to be safely deduced from the evidence was that the statistics were plagued by widespread smuggling and/or underreporting. More than two decades later, despite improvement in external economic conditions, trade statistics continue to be lacking in quality.},
  author       = {Jerven, Morten},
  issn         = {2214-8515},
  keyword      = {Africa,trade,statistics,GDP},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {45--52},
  series       = {Journal of African Trade},
  title        = {On the accuracy of trade and GDP statistics in Africa : Errors of commission and omission},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joat.2014.08.001},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2014},
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