Challenges Facing National Statistical Institutes - the 2020 Vision


In his President's Address at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego, Alan Krueger, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, set "Six challenges for the statistical community".

These were: (1) Big Data - use without losing privacy, admin data, combining data; (2) Sample weights - accounting for errors in sample weight estimation in final s.e.'s, developing sample weights robust to non-response bias; (3) Seasonal adjustment - including external information such as temperature, s.e.'s of components; (4) Evidence based policy; (5) Social mobility - as the middle class is shrinking; (6) Statistical tools for financial market surveillance. My talk will focus on what these challenges mean to a statistical agency, and how they will shape the future.

Speaker: Gary Brown (Office for National Statistics)

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