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Governance Matters V: Governance Indicators for 1996–2005

by D. Kaufmann, A. Kraay, and M. Mastruzzi • September 15, 2006
Also available in: Arabic, Français and Español

This paper reports on the latest update of the worldwide governance indicators, covering 213 countries and territories and measuring six dimensions of governance: voice and accountability political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption.

Three new features distinguish this update:

  1. We have moved to reporting estimates of governance on an annual basis. In this update we provide new estimates of governance for 2003 and 2005, as well as minor backward revisions to our bi-annual historical data for 1996-2004.

  2. We are for the first time publishing the individual measures of governance from the data sources that underlie our aggregate governance indicators. The ready availability of the individual data sources underlying the aggregate governance indicators is aimed at helping data users and policy-makers identify specific governance challenges in individual countries.

  3. We present new evidence on the reliability of expert assessments of governance which form part of our aggregate measures of governance.

We have also prepared a booklet (2.6 mb PDF) and a separate file for the Appendices (470 kb PDF), which can both be downloaded from this page. The data, as well as a web-based graphical interface, are available at Worldwide Governance Indicators: 1996-2005.

Additionally, a briefing is available answering "How do countries score on Governance?"

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