Developing Knowledge States

Technology and the Enhancement of National Statistical Capacity

Derrick Anderson, Andrew B. Whitford

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Abstract

National statistical systems are enterprises tasked with collecting, validating, and reporting societal attributes. These data serve many purposes-they allow governments to improve services, economic actors to traverse markets, and academics to assess social theories. National statistical systems vary in quality, especially in developing countries. This study examines determinants of national statistical capacity in developing countries, focusing on the impact of technological attainment. Just as technological progress helps to explain differences in economic growth, we argue that states with greater technological attainment have greater capacity for gathering and processing quality data. Analysis using panel methods shows a strong, statistically significant positive linear relationship between technological attainment and national statistical capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalReview of Policy Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

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Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Governance
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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