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The Politics behind World Bank Statistics

The Case of China’s Income

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Statistics prepared by international agencies are valued because they are considered accurate and reliable. But are they? Two stories about World Bank statistics tell us how the data it compiles are vulnerable to manipulation by interested parties. National and international statistical offi ces always operate in the tension between professional standards of objectivity and political insistence on certain results. The political economy of statistics needs to become a serious fi eld of study.

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