Selection Indicators

MCC looks at several elements in choosing selection indicators. The agency favors indicators that:

  • Are developed by an independent third party,
  • Have an analytically rigorous methodology and utilize objective, high-quality data,
  • Are publicly available,
  • Have broad country coverage,
  • Are comparable across countries,
  • Are policy-linked, measuring factors that governments can influence,
  • Have a clear theoretical or empirical link to economic growth and poverty reduction,
  • Are appropriately consistent in results from year to year

More information about the indicators used to determine country eligibility for MCC program assistance is available in the table below and in MCC’s Guide to the Indicators. And for details about how MCC calculates each indicator, you can view MCC’s Data Notes.

Selection Indicators
Indicator Category Source
Access to Credit Indicator Economic Freedom
Business Start-Up Indicator Economic Freedom
Child Health Indicator Investing in People
Civil Liberties Indicator Ruling Justly
Control of Corruption Indicator Ruling Justly
Fiscal Policy Indicator Economic Freedom
Freedom of Information Indicator Ruling Justly
Gender in the Economy Indicator Economic Freedom
Girls' Primary Education Completion Rate Indicator Investing in People
Girls' Secondary Education Enrollment Ratio Indicator Investing in People
Government Effectiveness Indicator Ruling Justly
Health Expenditures Indicator Investing in People
Immunization Rates Indicator Investing in People
Inflation Indicator Economic Freedom
Land Rights and Access Indicator Economic Freedom
Natural Resource Protection Investing in People
Political Rights Indicator Ruling Justly
Primary Education Expenditures Indicator Investing in People
Regulatory Quality Indicator Economic Freedom
Rule of Law Indicator Ruling Justly
Trade Policy Indicator Economic Freedom

Use of Supplemental Information

MCC’s Board of Directors may also consider other quantitative and qualitative information in making country eligibility decisions. The Board uses supplemental information to enhance its understanding of a country’s policy performance relative to its peers and MCC’s ability to reduce poverty and generate economic growth in a country.

There are elements of the eligibility criteria set out in MCC’s legislation for which there is either limited quantitative information or no well-developed performance indicator. In these cases MCC may turn to supplemental sources for assessments of these policy issues. In addition, the board may consider whether there are data gaps or lags in particular indicators that can be addressed by supplemental information.

Supplemental information used by MCC may include (but is not limited to) reports like: