Fact and Fiction in EU-Governmental Economic Data

  title={Fact and Fiction in EU-Governmental Economic Data},
  author={Bernhard Rauch and Max G{\"o}ttsche and Stefan Engel and Gernot Br{\"a}hler},
  journal={German Economic Review},
  pages={243 - 255}
Abstract To detect manipulations or fraud in accounting data, auditors have successfully used Benford’s law as part of their fraud detection processes. Benford’s law proposes a distribution for first digits of numbers in naturally occurring data. Government accounting and statistics are similar in nature to financial accounting. In the European Union (EU), there is pressure to comply with the Stability and Growth Pact criteria. Therefore, like firms, governments might try to make their economic… 

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