It’s no surprise that rich countries outperform poor countries on standardized tests. But if you compare kids with similar household wealth across countries, that gap disappears.
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As African leaders meet in Washington this week, one issue is not on the agenda: the poor quality of basic economic and social data in the region.
Since the term “data revolution” was brandished in the High-Level Panel report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, there has been a flurry of activity to define, develop, and drive an agenda to transform the way development statistics are collected, used, and shared the world over. And this makes sense — assessing the new development agenda, regardless of its details, will need accurate data.
On Tuesday night, the International Comparison Project released the latest purchasing power parity numbers for the world’s economies.
We just ran 23 million queries of the World Bank's website. Technically, a piece of computer code did the work, occupying a PC in an empty cubicle in our office for about 9 weeks, gradually sweeping up nearly every bit of information available in the World Bank’s global database on poverty and inequality, known as PovcalNet.