Measurment and Mismeasurement of Social Indicators
Measurement of social indicators is not without its pitfalls, however, and drawing conclusions based on comparisons of national aggregates is fraught with difficulties, especially when data sources are sketchy. The paper in that issue make a compelling argument for investing in improving the quality - and frequency - of data-collection efforts. However, even when "good" survey data do exist, serious and often quite subtle issues of comparability and measurmenet still abound.
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