Sexton, J.J. 'On producers and users of statistics'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVI, Pt. I, 1988/1989, pp163-180
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVI, Pt. I, 1988/1989
It is always somewhat difficult for presidents of societies like The Statistical and
Social Inquiry Society to decide on an appropriate topic for a presidential
address. It is not normally an occasion for an in-depth assessment of any
particular issue but frequently takes the form of a "state of the art" expose
relating to some areas of current interest. Some suggestions as to future
directions to be followed may also be indicated. Broadly speaking I propose to
follow (or attempt to follow) this course in relation to my chosen topic. The main
reason why I have selected this particular issue derives from the fact that I have
some experience as both a producer and a user of statistics. I spent some
eighteen years in the CSO and for more than eight years now I have been
engaged in research of a socio-economic nature. I felt that there might be
some benefit therefore in expressing my views from both points of view. I might
add of course that throughout this paper, even though it is not always said, my
comments relate only to Government statistics.
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