By Arvil V. Adams, Gail Stevenson, World Bank

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Socioeconomic Factors: Cross-tabular comparisons with socioeconomic factors are confounded by the interaction of the measures with institutional factors such as region. For example, more than 80 percent of low-income countries are in Africa and Asia, and half of the upper-middle income countries are in LAC. Lower-middle income countries are more uniformly distributed among regions, but more than one-third are in LAC. Thus, comparisons of treatment by country income level are confounded with comparisons by region.

Hours of work received the least attention among the eight pre-coded issues. It was mentioned in just over 20 percent of the reports. The treatment of individual issues is closely correlated with the frequency with which these issues are mentioned in economic and sector reports. Issues such as wages and unemployment not only are studied more frequently, they also tend to have higher qualitative ratings of how well the issues are covered. 1, average reviewer rating are computed first for all reports and then only for reports which discuss any given issue.

For example, more than 80 percent of low-income countries are in Africa and Asia, and half of the upper-middle income countries are in LAC. Lower-middle income countries are more uniformly distributed among regions, but more than one-third are in LAC. Thus, comparisons of treatment by country income level are confounded with comparisons by region. This is addressed below in the multivariate analysis. The interaction of income and region is seen in the reviewer ratings given to low-income countries, which are dominated by Africa and Asia.

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