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The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 55–58 | Cite as

Response to ‘What do the Worldwide Governance Indicators Measure?’

  • Daniel Kaufmann
  • Aart KraayEmail author
  • Massimo Mastruzzi
Original Article

Abstract

Thomas (2009) dismisses the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) as an ‘elaborate and unsupported hypothesis’ because of the failure to demonstrate the ‘construct validity’ of these indicators. We argue that ‘construct validity’ is not a useful tool to assess the merits of the WGI, and even if it were, Thomas provides no evidence of any practical consequences of failure to meet the criteria of construct validity.

Keywords

economics governance indicators construct validity 

Abstract

Thomas (2009) rejette les indicateurs mondiaux de gouvernance (IMG) en considérant qu′ils constituent une hypothèse élaborée mais non confirmée en raison de l′échec à démontrer la « validité de construit » de ces indicateurs. Nous soutenons que la « validité de construit » n′est pas un instrument utile pour évaluer les mérites des IMG et que, même si c′était le cas, Thomas ne fournit aucune preuve d′une quelconque conséquence concrète du non respect du critère de « validité de construit ».

Notes

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Copyright information

© European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kaufmann
    • 1
  • Aart Kraay
    • 2
    Email author
  • Massimo Mastruzzi
    • 3
  1. 1.Brookings Institution, Washington
  2. 2.World Bank Research DepartmentWashington
  3. 3.World Bank Institute, Washington

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