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Author Ward, Michael.

Title Quantifying the world : UN ideas and statistics / Michael Ward
Published Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2004

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Description xx, 329 pages ; 24 cm
Series United Nations intellectual history project
United Nations intellectual history project
Contents Foreword / Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly and Thomas G. Weiss -- 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 -- App. ILO Special Topics -- About the UN Intellectual History Project
Summary 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 post-war 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 unravelling the question of why certain data were considered important and
Analysis Electronic books
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject United Nations -- Statistical services.
Statistical services.
Statistics.
LC no. 2003023831
ISBN 0253343976 cloth alkaline paper
0253216745 paperback alkaline paper