Statistical Methods for Human Rights

  • Jana Asher
  • David Banks
  • Fritz J. Scheuren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Statistical Thinking on Human Rights Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jana Asher
      Pages 3-35
    3. Mary W. Gray, Sharon Marek
      Pages 37-50
  3. Recent Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Clyde Collins Snow, Fredy Armando Peccerelli, José Samuel Susanávar, Alan G. Robinson, Jose Maria Najera Ochoa
      Pages 89-116
    3. James Bell, David Nolle, Ruth Citrin, Fritz Scheuren
      Pages 141-155
    4. Jan Robert Suesser, R. Suarez de Miguel
      Pages 157-178
  4. History and Future Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. David L. Banks, Yasmin H. Said
      Pages 227-240
    3. David J. Fitch, Paul Wassenich, Paul Fields, Fritz Scheuren, Jana Asher
      Pages 241-269
  5. A FinalWord of Warning

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-335

About this book


Human rights issues are shaping the modern world. They define the expectations by which nations are judged and affect the policy of governments, corporations, and foundations. They have set the agenda in prosecutions at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, funding decisions by the International Monetary Fund, and corporate expansion programs by multinationals.
Statistics is central to the modern perspective on human rights. It allows researchers to measure the effect of health care policies, the penetration of educational opportunity, and progress towards gender equality. The new wave of entrepreneurial charities demands impact assessments and documentation of milestone achievement. Non-governmental organizations need statistics to build cases, conduct surveys, and target their efforts.
This book describes the statistics that underlie the social science research in human rights. It includes case studies, methodology, and research papers that discuss the fundamental measurement issues. It is intended as an introduction to applied human rights research.
The editors of the book are Jana Asher, David Banks, and Fritz Scheuren. Jana Asher led the first national human rights survey in Sierra Leone and provided statistical support for surveys in Iraq, Kosovo, East Timor and Peru. She is the former Senior Program Associate in the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David Banks is a professor of statistics at Duke University, Fellow of the American Statistical Association, recipient of the Roger Herriott Award, and currently editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Fritz Scheuren is the past-president of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the ASA, and Vice-President of Statistics at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He has done human rights statistics in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Peru, Guatemala, East Timor and Columbia, and he advises the Country of Georgia on their Millennium Challenge proposal.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jana Asher
    • 1
  • David Banks
    • 2
  • Fritz J. Scheuren
    • 3
  1. 1.Takoma Park
  2. 2.Institute of Statistics & Decision Sci.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.NORC University of Chicago

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