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Candy cane shortages and the importance of variation

It’s the holiday season in much of the world, and this year that means not just early sunsets and school breaks but also supply chain woes.  Everything, from puzzles and hot sauce to peppermint candy canes, is in short supply this month, as the global economy struggles to get items from point A to point B.

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Why is professional independence such a contentious issue?

The theme of professional independence in the production of official statistics is a subject that will never go away from the preoccupations of the international statistical community. It would seem that at any time somewhere in the world someone (usually a government) is trying to interfere against it. Last year, the attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 US Population Census made the news in the US and worldwide, a decision more related to political considerations than to technical ones. In recent times, Argentina and Greece have also grabbed headlines around the world for altering figures in order to present a more favorable image of their economies, and a recent post on this blog raised awareness of a similar situation in Montenegro.

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Statistics in the Time of Politics

The well-known book Love in the Time of War tells a story of two people whose marriage is irrevocably shaped by the harsh realities of a war. Well, this is a story of two people whose lives are shaped by the harsh realities of politics now… and a bit more… just because of the commitment of the two people to protecting the integrity of official statistics.

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Statistics in the Time of Politics
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The Danish face mask study

The Swedish approach to the COVID-19 crisis stands out compared to the rest of the developed world in several ways. One of these is the extremely low percentage of the population wearing face masks.

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Pandemic and Statistics Marriage: Happy or not? Can we make it work?

The world is immersed in the worst cataclysm of the last 100 years. The quality of the data and the transparency of the methods worldwide is key to solve it. The International Statistical Institute (ISI) may have a leading role in their improvement.

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Bringing joy to people’s lives

Every day, everywhere, we see and hear statistics.   Right now, we are being updated daily on COVID-19 infection rates and sadly, deaths.  But how often do we hear stories about positive impacts of these statistics?   Or positive impacts of the institutions and professionals involved in producing them, who contribute to public life in such a meaningful way?

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Bringing joy to people’s lives