Data Needs in Development Economics
This paper first reviews the progress made since the Second World War in data availability for development research, mainly in the field of macroeconomic aggregates. It then focuses on data sources and data-gathering techniques deemed to be the most promising for large pay-offs in further development research. Greater understanding of the structure and workings of the modern sector of market-oriented developing countries could be obtained by analysing data on the 200 largest corporations in each country. But exclusive emphasis on large companies would neglect some very important research areas, such as income distribution, unemployment/underemployment and extreme poverty. The fresh data needed to get a firmer understanding of these matters are likely to come from the greater use of sample surveys.
KeywordsIncome Distribution Sample Survey National Account Important Research Area Modern Sector
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