STATIN’s work in­dis­pens­able


THE WORK of the Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Ja­maica (STATIN) is in­dis­pens­able to pol­i­cy­mak­ers, aca­demics and the gen­eral pub­lic at large. STATIN’s busi­ness is mea­sure­ment. Without these mea­sure­ments, we would sim­ply be op­er­at­ing on gut feel­ings and im­pres­sions which we con­coct in our heads.

STATIN gives us facts on de­mo­graphic changes in our pop­u­la­tion. Without these, data plan­ners would not know how many and where to build new schools and clin­ics. If our pop­u­la­tion is age­ing, the mix of so­cial ser­vices re­quired would be dif­fer­ent from that if we have a younger pop­u­la­tion.

While these de­mo­graphic data are very im­por­tant to me as an aca­demic and a cit­i­zen, I rely on STATIN most for eco­nomic and so­cial data. The monthly pub­li­ca­tion of in­fla­tion, the quar­terly and an­nual es­ti­mates of eco­nomic growth as well as the an­nual Sur­vey of Liv­ing Con­di­tions al­low an eval­u­a­tion not only of gov­ern­ment pol­icy, but also of eco­nomic the­ory. PETER-JOHN GOR­DON De­part­ment of Eco­nomics Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (Mona)

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