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Ken Opalo on Poor Numbers in Kenya

Governing a country is hard. Developing a poor country is even harder. Trying to do both with little reliable information on the state of a country — like total agricultural output, unemployment rate, births and deaths, and the like — is like flying without radar on a stormy night over a mountain range.

That’s Ken Opalo, doctoral student at Stanford, discusses the importance of economic statistics in Kenya, in the Standard.


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