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Who Wants to Know? The Political Economy of Statistical Capacity in Latin America

Keynote Address

Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank


José Antonio Mejía-Guerra, Co-Author and Lead Specialist, Modernization of the State, Inter-American Development Bank

Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Roberto Rosales, Deputy Director, Department of Statistics, International Monetary Fund


Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Drawing from a comparison of political economy factors in ten countries, IDB’s new publication Who wants to know? The Political Economy of Statistical Capacity in Latin America explores the current data capacity landscape in Latin America. The book presents an innovative theoretical and methodological framework to better understand and explain the heterogeneity in statistical capacity of national statistical offices. Through our Working Group on Data for African Development, our work on the Sustainable Development Goals, and our charts of the week, CGD has had a longstanding interest in identifying and overcoming barriers to development data collection, analysis, and application. 

CGD and the Inter-American Development Bank are excited to welcome you to this co-hosted book discussion, which will feature a presentation of the publication's findings, followed by a panel highlighting perspectives from a variety of global development statistics and data experts. We hope you will be able to join us. 

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