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What Do the Worldwide Governance Indicators Measure?
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European Journal of Development Research
This journal article from the European Journal of Development Research discusses the ‘construct validity’ of qualitative measurement techniques that policymakers and researchers use, as they focus more on the question of the impact of governance in economic development. A number of measures of the quality of governance have been created. Among these are the Worldwide Governance Indicators, which rank countries on six aspects or indicators of ‘good governance’.
Critics have focused on problems of bias or lack of comparability that raise questions about the utility of these indicators. However, a more fundamental question is that of whether the indicators have ‘construct validity’ – whether they measure what they purport to measure. This paper considers the construct validity of the indicators and raises the question of whether researchers and policymakers are relying on wrong data, rather than poor data.