Quantifying the World: Un Ideas and Statistics

Quantifying the World: Un Ideas and Statistics

by Michael Ward
     
 

Good data, Michael Ward argues, serve to enhance a perception about life as well as to deepen an understanding of reality. This history of the UN’s role in fostering international statistics in the postwar period demonstrates how statistics have shaped our understanding of the world. Drawing on well over 40 years of experience working as a statistician and

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Good data, Michael Ward argues, serve to enhance a perception about life as well as to deepen an understanding of reality. This history of the UN’s role in fostering international statistics in the postwar period demonstrates how statistics have shaped our understanding of the world. Drawing on well over 40 years of experience working as a statistician and economist in more than two dozen countries around the world, Ward traces the evolution of statistical ideas and how they have responded to the needs of policy while unraveling the question of why certain data were considered important and why other data and concerns were not. The book explores the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the UN’s statistical work and how each dimension has provided opportunities for describing the well-being of the world community. Quantifying the World also reveals some of the missed opportunities for pursuing alternative models.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253343970
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
United Nations Intellectual History Project Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Tables, Charts, and Figures
Foreword Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly, and Thomas G. Weiss
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Prologue
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
Appendix: ILO Special Topics
Notes
Index
About the Author
About the UN Intellectual History Project

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