The Expert Area Data and Analytics is developing two measures – Political Pessimism and Corruption Pessimism – that capture how the residents in a country perceive the government and its policy actions. The indices rely on natural language processing of social media and news media to quantify optimism or pessimism about governments’ policy decisions, pronouncements, or actions. The Indices will be published monthly to enable political risk analyses. The scope is limited to Nigeria with the possibility of expansion to cover select other African countries.
The target release date for the Corruption Pessimism Index is the third quarter (Q3) 2021 (dates to be announced). We are open to partnerships, sponsorships, and collaboration to run the program, maintain the database, and expand the scope beyond Nigeria to other African countries.