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Development indicators at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 1980-1990 : Statistical visions in the era of structural adjustment. / Serra, Gerardo.

In: Histoire et Mesure, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 2019, p. 149-172.

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