175 years of mismeasuring Ireland?: some traps set by historical data

Alan de Bromhead, Alan Fernihough, Cormac Ó Gráda

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Abstract

This paper outlines potential pitfalls in interpreting some Irish official statistics through history. We describe and discuss somewhat misleading aspects of statistics relating to agriculture, migration, age and vital statistics over the last 175 years. In signposting these issues, we aim to help future researchers to better avoid these potential hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-155
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Volume51
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Ireland
  • Official statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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