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Integrity in Official Statistics

Joseph W. Duncan
Business Economics
Vol. 28, No. 3 (July 1993), pp. 8-11
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23485935
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Abstract

The creditability of official economic and social statistics is crucial to the proper functioning of a democratic society. Concern about the integrity of government statistical agencies is a long standing issue as described in part of this special issue of Business Economics. The letter on the facing page illustrates that "integrity" and political "independence" remain concerns in 1993. Congressman Dick Armey expresses his concern about the political interpretation of the employment analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in April of this year. The issue is likely to remain a topic of discussion in coming months. We encourage you to read this special issues and to offer your views about this important topic as well as participating in two specific other areas: revisions in the standard industrial classification and plans for the dicennial census in the year 2000.

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