The significance of some recent Irish statistics
Item Type:Journal article
Citation:Finlay, T.A. 'The significance of some recent Irish statistics'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIII Part XCIII, 1912/1913, pp17-25
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The Statistics published from time to time by Government Departments are often accepted as indicating, without further interpretation, the prosperity of a nation. It is assumed that when we know the amount of wealth within the borders of a country, and the number of its inhabitants, we know all that is required in order to estimate the prosperity of its people. But this assumption is wholly fallacious. Prosperity is a vague term; it requires accurate definition in order to adapt it to scientific purposes. We will employ it here to signify material well-being. A people is prosperous in the measure in which all, or at least the great majority, are supplied with the necessaries, comforts, and refinements of life. This is the only basis of an estimate which is of any avail.
Description:Read December 20th, 1912
Author: Finlay, T.A.
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Type of material:Journal article
Series/Report no:Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. XIII Part XCII 1912/1913
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