Response to Amir Attaran

McArthur, John W.; Sachs, Jeffrey D.; Schmidt-Traub, Guido

Amir Attaran's Policy Forum raises important points on the poor quality of data for some indicators used to measure progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but, sadly, uses these findings to draw the wrong conclusions. The evidence he presents on a small number of indicators is partial, and does not justify his conclusion that the MDGs might become a liability and are doomed to fail. Quite the opposite is the case.


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