What are the underlying sources for the Worldwide Governance Indicators?

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What are the underlying sources for the Worldwide Governance Indicators?

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Our data sources reflect the perceptions of a very diverse group of respondents. For 2008, we use 340 variables drawn from 35 sources and 32 different organizations. Several of our data sources are surveys of individuals or domestic firms with first-hand knowledge of the governance situation in the country. We also capture the perceptions of country analysts at the major multilateral development agencies, reflecting these individuals’ in-depth experience working on the countries they assess. Other data sources from NGOs, as well as commercial risk rating agencies, base their assessments on a global network of correspondents typically living in the country they are rating.

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Our data sources reflect the perceptions of a very diverse group of respondents. For 2009, we use 440 variables drawn from 35 sources and 33 different organizations. Several of our data sources are surveys of individuals or domestic firms with first-hand knowledge of the governance situation in the country. We also capture the perceptions of country analysts at the major multilateral development agencies, reflecting these individuals’ in-depth experience working on the countries they assess. Other data sources from NGOs, as well as commercial risk rating agencies, base their assessments on a global network of correspondents typically living in the country they are rating. For further details, consult the Appendices of the Governance Matters VIII paper.

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