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Submitted by Thomas on
Great blog and thank you for adding to the debate about quality of statistics in developing countries. It is important to keep this topic on the front burner. With regards to national income and growth aggregates, the system of national accounts is only a data compilation framework. In theory, the system enables statisticians to compare, contrast and reconcile data from different sources, but any problem of poor primary data is likely to be compounded and aggregated in the national aggregates. Fortunately, many developing countries are aware of this and are working hard to improve primary data sources, methodologies and compilation frameworks. The World Bank and the rest of the donor community should continue to support this and scale up where needed