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Quantifying the World : Un Ideas and Statistics - Michael Ward

Quantifying the World

Un Ideas and Statistics

Paperback Published: 6th April 2004
ISBN: 9780253216748
Number Of Pages: 352

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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.

Ideas and Statistics: An Introduction
The Economic Dimension
The Social Dimension
The Environmental Dimension
Other Statistical Dimensions
Epilogue: Success, Missed Opportunities, and the Continuing Agenda in Statistics
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ISBN: 9780253216748
ISBN-10: 0253216745
Series: United Nations Intellectual History Project
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 6th April 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5