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International data in research for Parliamentarians Ed Beale & Ian Townsend Economic Policy & Statistics section House of Commons Library UK Parliament.

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1 International data in research for Parliamentarians Ed Beale & Ian Townsend Economic Policy & Statistics section House of Commons Library UK Parliament

2 What does the Library do? (Not just a) Library Research & Information Service for MPs (and public) Approx 200 staff 50 specialist researchers Business & Transport Economic Policy & Statistics Home Affairs International Affairs & Defence Parliament & Constitution Science & Environment Social & General Statistics Social Policy

3 Politicians use of Statistics Statistics = Expertise + authority –Debates/Questions in Parliament –Constituency cases –Responding to constituents –TV, radio, newspaper –Policy analysis / formation

4 Work of the Economic Policy and Statistics Section Research papers, notes and debate packs Select Committee work Bespoke enquiries – 1,507 enquiries (Nov 07-Nov 08) Wide variety: Economic profile of Wuxi city, Jiangsi Province, China Why does UK still give largest % of its bilateral aid to India? UK Jobs dependent on US/EU trade International comparisons of skills gaps EU aid to Madagascar for transport infrastructure Life expectancy in the OPTs TB prevalence by country in Africa Changes in GDP per capita ( ) for 20 poorest countries DFID disburses aid to

5 Data sources IMF: WEO, IFS World Bank: WDI, GDF, ADI OECD.Stat, SourceOECD, OECD DAC Eurostat ILO: KILM Easier to access to data than ever Analysed/presented using Excel

6 Case study: Kenya Usually, 3 parts to a profile: Politics Economics Development We will look at the latter two

7 Kenya: Economics (1) GDP, inflation, external balances (charts & commentary)

8 Kenya: Economics (2) Detailed data table in annex

9 Kenya: Economics (3) Summary of other sources: World Bank (Doing Business), OECD, EU, etc. Country sources (variable) Media sources: Economist/EIU, FT surveys, Factiva database UK sources: FCO, UKTI

10 Kenya: Development (1) - Poverty line: $1.25 a day - Income distribution and other inequality measures

11 Kenya: Development (2) Detailed MDG progress table

12 Kenya: Development (3) - UK bilateral aid - International comparisons of ODA

13 Output & Summary Political profile added Sent to customer Briefing Note on internet? Providing broad profiles of countries for MPs Tell us: is anything missing?


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