Official Statistics 4.0: The Era of Digitisation and Globalisation

  • Walter J. RadermacherEmail author


What the future has in store for us is, not easily predictable. Certainly, foresight does not lie in the very nature of statisticians, who usually look in the rear-view mirror. Nevertheless, there are some trends or megatrends, the effects of which are not yet known in detail, to which one will undoubtedly have to adapt. Above all, because official statistics have the characteristics of an ocean liner whose course and speed can only be manoeuvred slowly, all trends must be interpreted in a forward-looking manner. If official statistics are to be sustained in their current position in five years’ time, then the necessary strategy must be established now. A simple continuation of the previous way of doing things, but including some ‘softer’ changes, is therefore not an option, even if this smooth manner of adaptation has been successful in the past. This chapter addresses the two megatrends of digitisation and globalisation. Obviously, it is not the purpose of this work to deal with their methodological, conceptual or technical aspects in this regard. Rather, it is about the consequences in terms of the statistical policy due to the changed statistical environment and conditions.


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  1. 1.Department of Statistical SciencesSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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