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Title:State fragility: Concept and measurement PDF Logo
Authors:Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina
McGillivray, Mark
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.44
Abstract:The international donor community has grave concerns about the prospects for poverty reduction in what it terms fragile states. A state is classified as fragile if its country policy and institutional assessment (CPIA) score falls below a particular threshold. Recognizing that all states are fragile to varying degrees, this paper questions the method used by the international community to deem a country fragile. This paper develops a framework that uses fuzzy-set theory to deem a country as fragile. Fuzzy sets allow for gradual transition from one state to another while also allowing one to incorporate rules and goals, and hence are more appropriate for measuring outcomes
Subjects:fragile states
policies
institutional performance
CPIA scores
fuzzy-set theory
JEL:C43
O11
O20
O43
O57
ISBN:978-92-9230-092-0
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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