Florida State University Trends and Patterns on Small States Discussion – Assignment Help

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The World Bank collects data from various sources and constructs and index of government effectiveness every five years. Below is a data table for a set of Caribbean and Pacific island states. Government effectiveness captures perceptions of the quality of public services, the quality of the civil service and the degree of its independence from political pressures, the quality of policy formulation and implementation, and the credibility of the government’s commitment to such policies. The index covers quality of infrastructure, coverage of basic services (pubic education, basic health services , electricity, transport, presence or absence of excessive bureaucratic redtape, and the quality and effectiveness of public instituitons. The range on the index is from -2.5 to +2.5 with a positive scorce representing higher levels of effectiveness.

Please comment on the following:

What trends and patterns do you see over time? Are the small states getting better or worse?

Do you see differences between the Caribbean and Pacific small island states?

Is there a lot of variance in the Caribbean states? Is there a lot of variance the scores of Pacific island states?

How does the Virgin Islands compare to the other insular US possessions (Guam, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico)?

Who has the highest rating in 2019?

Can t-tests be conducted on this data?

Indicator

Country

Year

Number of Sources

Governance (-2.5 to +2.5)

Percentile Rank

Government Effectiveness

American Samoa

2009

1

0.50

69.38

2014

1

0.44

70.19

2019

1

0.54

72.60

Anguilla

2009

1

1.54

91.87

2014

1

0.95

77.88

2019

1

0.82

76.44

Antigua and Barbuda

2009

1

0.50

69.38

2014

1

-0.07

51.92

2019

1

-0.00

51.92

Barbados

2009

3

1.48

89.47

2014

3

1.20

86.06

2019

3

0.63

73.56

Belize

2009

5

-0.45

40.19

2014

4

-0.66

25.96

2019

4

-0.68

26.92

Cayman Islands

2009

2

1.27

85.65

2014

2

1.18

85.58

2019

2

1.17

85.10

Comoros

2009

5

-1.77

0.96

2014

6

-1.67

2.40

2019

6

-1.67

3.85

Cook Islands

2009

1

-0.98

15.79

2014

2019

Dominica

2009

2

0.63

72.25

2014

2

0.08

57.21

2019

2

-0.26

40.87

Dominican Republic

2009

10

-0.61

33.01

2014

9

-0.44

37.50

2019

10

-0.36

38.94

Fiji

2009

3

-0.91

19.62

2014

3

-0.37

41.35

2019

2

0.20

61.06

French Guiana

2009

2

1.20

84.69

2014

2

1.13

83.17

2019

2

1.39

89.90

Guam

2009

1

-0.02

55.98

2014

1

0.44

70.19

2019

1

0.27

62.98

Malawi

2009

10

-0.47

39.23

2014

11

-0.63

27.88

2019

11

-0.75

22.60

Marshall Islands

2009

3

-1.40

5.74

2014

2

-1.56

4.81

2019

2

-1.47

6.73

Martinique

2009

1

0.76

74.16

2014

1

0.70

73.56

2019

1

1.09

83.17

Mauritius

2009

8

0.78

74.64

2014

11

1.04

81.73

2019

11

0.87

77.88

Micronesia, Fed. Sts.

2009

3

-0.71

27.75

2014

3

-0.50

33.65

2019

3

-0.19

43.27

Netherlands Antilles (former)

2009

1

0.76

74.16

2014

2019

Puerto Rico

2009

4

0.37

65.07

2014

4

0.36

67.31

2019

2

-0.16

45.19

Solomon Islands

2009

4

-1.10

11.96

2014

4

-1.07

15.38

2019

3

-1.00

15.38

St. Kitts and Nevis

2009

2

0.79

75.60

2014

2

-0.07

50.96

2019

1

0.54

72.60

St. Lucia

2009

2

0.88

76.56

2014

3

-0.02

55.77

2019

2

0.23

62.02

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

2009

2

0.79

75.60

2014

2

0.13

60.10

2019

2

0.23

62.02

Suriname

2009

5

-0.07

52.15

2014

5

-0.18

46.15

2019

3

-0.59

30.77

Trinidad and Tobago

2009

6

0.29

63.64

2014

7

0.27

64.42

2019

6

0.10

57.21

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

2009

1

1.28

86.60

2014

1

1.21

86.54

2019

1

0.82

76.44

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