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Iraq Annual Statistical Abstract

For my new friends on the faculty of the University of Duhok: this website has comprehensive data on the Annual Statistical Abstract 2005-06. I hope they will post XLS or raw data file format files soon; I could not find them. Both HTML and PDF files are available for most tables.

For my other readers: the statistcal services that we take for granted in other countries are difficult to obtain in Iraq. The statistical publications are new, and the data is of primary importance to the economists that advise the national and regional governments. Basic inferences about investment, trade, and banking are impossible without accurate estimates of the state of the economy and society. The statistical abstracts are arguably the most important publications of the new government.

Nobel Laureate Simon Kuznets directed of the first United States estimates of GNP in 1934. From the BEA’s website:

As the 20th century drew to a close, the U.S. Department of Commerce embarked on a review of its achievements. At the conclusion of this review, the Department named the development of the national income and product accounts as “its achievement of the century.”

About Ben Mazzotta

Ben Mazzotta is a postdoc at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME). His study of the Cost of Cash is part of CEME's research into inclusive growth.


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