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衡量自由的价值

伦敦—可靠的经济统计数字是重要的公共品。它们是有效决策、商业规划和选民问责决策者的基础。

但我们用来衡量我们的经济的方法正在日益过时。我们用来作为估算基础的统计约定是五十年前制定的,当时的经济生产的是相对较为相似的实体商品。今天的经济已是面目全非,并在迅速变化中——这是技术创新、基于知识的无形资产价值提高和经济活动国际化的结果。

面对这些挑战,英国财政大臣奥斯本(George Osborne)十个月前要求我评估英国当前和未来统计需求。尽管我的研究以英国为中心,但进行切题的高质量经济统计的挑战对许多国家都是一致的。

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