Journal of Statistical and Econometric Methods

Assessing Growth Performance in Uganda: A contest between Data Sources and Data Type

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    The paper examines national income for Uganda from the two primary sources, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and World Development Indicators (WDI) and constructs a consistent GDP series over the period 1970-2008, with a particular focus on sub-periods when there are notable divergences. Although results show these are consistent, similar and cointegrated, the UBOS series is smoother and produces a more stable measure of GDP than does the WDI series, making the former most appropriate for use when analyzing macroeconomic relationships of Uganda.