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What is the value of official statistics and how do we communicate that value?

Tudorel Andrei (), Ilie Dumitrescu and Daniela Stefanescu
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Ilie Dumitrescu: National Institute of Statistics – Romania
Daniela Stefanescu: National Institute of Statistics – Romania

Romanian Statistical Review, 2014, vol. 62, issue 3, 3-10

Abstract: Einstein’s aphorism mentioned above wasn’t meant to colour the text, but we particularly believe it corresponds, in a way, to the topic we plan to introduce during the seminar. Consequently, paraphrasing it, the aphorism suggests a derived one which could read: “Not any statistics is official statistics and not any official statement that contains a numerical expression is statistics”.As to the above statements, the following question normally arises: “if not any statistics is official statistics, than what does official statistics mean and where does this brand, that represents a special value of statistics, come from?” On the other hand, if not any official statement, that contains a numerical expression on a certain economic or social phenomenon, is statistics, then what kind of meaning does it have?

Keywords: statistics; official statistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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