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Benford's LawTheory and Applications$
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Steven J. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147611.001.0001

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Measuring the Quality of European Statistics

Measuring the Quality of European Statistics

(p.235) Chapter Eleven Measuring the Quality of European Statistics
Benford's Law

Bernhard Rauch

Max Göttsche

Gernot Brähler

Stefan Engel

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes Greek statistics which are not relevant to government deficit spending and compare the findings with the results of prior research, which had shown a significant deviation from Benford's law of the first digits distribution of Greek financial statistics. The hypothesis here is that the social data set should conform better with Benford's law than the financial data set, as the incentive for manipulation is lower. However, the results in this chapter show that, in contrast to their financial data, the Greek social statistics data have a good fit with Benford's law. The chapter interprets this outcome as a sign for the effectiveness of the Benford test.

Keywords:   Greek statistics, social statistics, financial statistics, Benford test, European statistics, government deficit

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