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Title:Africa by numbers: reviewing the database approach to studying African economies
Author:Jerven, MortenISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Volume:115
Issue:459
Pages:342-358
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:statistics
African studies
research
External link:http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/115/459/342.abstract
Abstract:We know less about growth and poverty based on numbers in African economies than we would like to think. Numbers are soft, and data availability is sparse, sporadic, and uneven. For researchers and data users, whether engaged in inferential or descriptive statistics, the message is that studying Africa by numbers can be misleading. This research note surveys the knowledge gap and provides guidance on how to and how not to study Africa by numbers. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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