Download Quantifying the World: UN Ideas and Statistics (United by Michael Ward PDF

By Michael Ward

Strong info, Michael Ward argues, serve to reinforce a notion approximately lifestyles in addition to to deepen an knowing of truth. This heritage of the UN's position in fostering overseas facts within the postwar interval demonstrates how information have formed our figuring out of the realm. Drawing on good over forty years of adventure operating as a statistician and economist in additional than dozen nations world wide, Ward strains the evolution of statistical principles and the way they've got answered to the desires of coverage whereas unraveling the query of why definite facts have been thought of very important and why different facts and matters weren't. The e-book explores the industrial, social, and environmental dimensions of the UN's statistical paintings and the way every one measurement has supplied possibilities for describing the overall healthiness of the area group. Quantifying the realm additionally unearths many of the ignored possibilities for pursuing substitute versions.

Show description

Read Online or Download Quantifying the World: UN Ideas and Statistics (United Nations Intellectual History Project) PDF

Similar research & publishing guides books

A Hermit in the Himalayas

'The introductory account of Mr. Brunton's pony-back trip up the mountainside has actual attraction. one among his finest chapters offers a practical-minded attention to the possible way forward for Tibet. ' ny TimesPaul Brunton was once certainly one of a truly small variety of his iteration to commute in India and Tibet so commonly at a time whilst only a few have been doing so with such perception and discernment.

Ideas & Details: A Guide to College Writing , Sixth Edition

Taking a no-frills method of composition, rules & information deals a powerful concentrate on pupil writing with special writing thoughts that empower student-writers with thoughts rather than prescriptions. during this short writing consultant, scholars will notice over forty pattern scholar writings, a stability of brief and lengthy assignments, over a hundred mind teasers that offer scholars with invention suggestions to stimulate creativity, and built-in insurance of visible rhetoric with 50 new pictures and artistic endeavors.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel

The write stuff for telling a very good tale. .. contains unique interviews with long island instances bestselling authors! Novelist and editor Tom Monteleone stocks his insights in regards to the writing process-from constructing a mode via growing plausible characters and settings, to the ultimate enhancing and rewriting chores.

The Making of Yeats’s A Vision: A Study of the Automatic Script Volume 1

In accordance with Yeats, his spouse shocked him on 24 October 1917, 4 days after their marriage, “by making an attempt automated writing. ” Excited, he provided to spend the rest of his existence organizing and explaining the “scattered sentences. ” Over a interval of roughly 30 months they collaborated in 450 sittings, he asking questions, she responding to fill a complete of greater than 3,600 pages.

Additional info for Quantifying the World: UN Ideas and Statistics (United Nations Intellectual History Project)

Example text

A quite different set of factors that influenced development thinking and how the UN operated, especially in the earlier period of its existence, can be related to the particular geographical focus at the time. An initial concern with India and the Asian subcontinent and the assumed importance of heavy industry in creating the desired “big push” spilled over into a somewhat different approach to the economic policy problems then confronting various countries in Latin America, particularly Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

They are readily transferable and, in almost all cases, users can download data instantaneously in electronic form. The consumption of official statistics does not reduce their value; it may even enhance their importance since everyone is similarly informed and can benefit from sharing the same data. Nevertheless, history and culture as well as theory (which, in itself, may well be shaped by prevailing culture and available data) play an important part in determining by which rules data are collected and the procedures whereby they are converted into the array of statistics that go into guiding decisions and informing policy.

Over time, governments have passed laws about weights and measures; they have introduced regulations on hours worked, wages paid, the age and sex of employed persons, and prices; and they have enforced product descriptions and quality standards. 1 Some of these laws are now becoming less relevant to countries where services have risen in relative importance and where the costs of observing and administering these laws outweigh any economic gain. Statistics and Facts Strangely, the public seems generally unaware of the dilemmas and problems statisticians face in deciding how to remain independent and thus depict reality or describe behavior as they see it and need to interpret it.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.00 of 5 – based on 42 votes