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Good data, Michael Ward argues, serve to enhance a perception about lifeas well as to deepen an understanding of reality. This history of the UN's role infostering international statistics in the postwar period demonstrates how statisticshave shaped ... weiterlesen
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Titel: Quantifying the World: Un Ideas and Statistics
Autor/en: Michael Ward

ISBN: 0253216745
EAN: 9780253216748
Sprache: Englisch.
INDIANA UNIV PR

April 2004 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten

Beschreibung

Good data, Michael Ward argues, serve to enhance a perception about lifeas well as to deepen an understanding of reality. This history of the UN's role infostering international statistics in the postwar period demonstrates how statisticshave shaped our understanding of the world. Drawing on well over 40 years ofexperience working as a statistician and economist in more than two dozen countriesaround the world, Ward traces the evolution of statistical ideas and how they haveresponded to the needs of policy while unraveling the question of why certain datawere considered important and why other data and concerns were not. The bookexplores the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the UN's statisticalwork and how each dimension has provided opportunities for describing the well-beingof the world community. Quantifying the World also reveals some of the missedopportunities for pursuing alternative models.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Ideas and Statistics: An Introduction; 2. The Economic Dimension; 3. The Social Dimension; 4. The Environmental Dimension; 5. Other Statistical Dimensions; Epilogue: Success, Missed Opportunities, and the Continuing Agenda in Statistics

Portrait

Michael Ward graduated with combined honors in economics and statistics from the University of Exeter and with an M.A. from the University of Cambridge. His first appointment was as an official statistician in Central Africa, where he acquired the basics of the craft of data collection in the field. He is past Director of Studies in Economics and Dean of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, and a former Principal Economist in Operations (Southeast Asia) and Policy at the World Bank. Mr. Ward has authored many articles and official reports in both applied economics and statistics and has published several books. In 1999, in Helsinki, he was awarded the Henry Methorst Medal of the International Statistical Institute for "outstanding contributions to international statistics." In 2000, he was elected Chair of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and currently serves on its Council. He is also on the Statistical Advisory Panel for the Human Development Report.

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