Presentation on theme: "International data in research for Parliamentarians Ed Beale & Ian Townsend Economic Policy & Statistics section House of Commons Library UK Parliament."— Presentation transcript:
International data in research for Parliamentarians Ed Beale & Ian Townsend Economic Policy & Statistics section House of Commons Library UK Parliament
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
Politicians use of Statistics Statistics = Expertise + authority –Debates/Questions in Parliament –Constituency cases –Responding to constituents –TV, radio, newspaper –Policy analysis / formation
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 (1998-2006) for 20 poorest countries DFID disburses aid to
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
Case study: Kenya Usually, 3 parts to a profile: Politics Economics Development We will look at the latter two
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