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Statistics expert Sir Andrew Dilnot encourages staff and students to question data

Paul Mizen and Andrew Dilnot

Sir Andrew pictured (right) with Professor Paul Mizen.

Staff, students and visitors enjoyed a compelling lecture this week from the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

Sir Andrew Dilnot, who presents BBC Radio 4's programme about statistics, More or Less, spoke about the accuracy of data in a public lecture entitled, Numbers and public policy: why data really matters.

Hosted by the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics, the talk demonstrated many instances where data can be misleading, and encouraged the audience to question whether data are as accurate as they can be to inform policy decisions.

Sir Andrew was educated in Swansea and at St. John's College, Oxford where he read politics, philosophy and economics. After graduating, he joined the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and between 1991 and 2002 he served as its Director. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and knighted in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to economics and economic policy.

The centre's next public lecture will be given by John Rishton, former CEO of Rolls-Royce.

Posted on Thursday 26th October 2017

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