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Description - Quantifying the World 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 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253216748
ISBN-10: 0253216745
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Ward

Michael Ward is past Director of Studies in Economics and Dean of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, and Principal Economist in Operations (S. E. Asia) and Policy at the World Bank. He is Council member and former Chair of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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