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Leonora Barry: a pioneer statistician of women’s labour

by Eli Cook* Unfortunately yet unsurprisingly, the world of economic quantification was dominated by men in the nineteenth century. In honor of International Women’s Day, here is a story, excerpted from my book The Pricing of Progress, on Leonora Barry, one of … Continue reading

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Statisticism: the erroneous notion that computing is doing research

Notes on Social Measurement: Historical and Critical is a major and insightful book by a distinguished American sociologist Otis Dudley Duncan (1921-2004) published in 1984. Duncan has introduced many statistical techniques to sociology, and studied mainly intergenerational occupational mobility. In a paper “Otis Dudley Duncan, quantitative sociologist … Continue reading

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The Economic Sociology and Political Economy community reached 17,000 members

“Oh, figures!’ answered Ned. ‘You can make figures do whatever you want.” (Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea). Jules Verne was one of my favorite childhood writers– I’ve devoured his books with even greater curiosity than his protagonists were … Continue reading

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Numbers Rule the World: The Underpinning Agendas in the Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics

Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. But what is behind these numbers? In How Numbers Rule the World: The … Continue reading

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