Jonathan Portes Testimony to PACAC

Written evidence submitted by Jonathan Portes (EUM 01) to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into data sharing and the use of administrative records to provide enhanced statistics

Commentary: Modernising economic statistics: why it matters

There are two kinds of questions about the effectiveness with which economic statistics currently perform the functions we need. One is whether the collection and sampling methods used by statistical agencies, and the categorisations they use, have kept pace with changing business and consumer behaviour and habits. The other is whether statistical definitions and conventions – notably real GDP growth as now defined and constructed – remain useful indicators for economic policy and accountability.

Letter to Sir Andrew Dilnot: Prime Minister on "New Jobs"

Sir Andrew Dilnot (Head of the UK Statistics Authority) has said that the Prime Minister was wrong to say in his Daily Telegraph article that figures showed that in the past year more than three-quarters of all new jobs have gone to British citizens. In fact, official statistics do not show the number of new jobs. This is in response to a complaint by NIESR director Jonathan Portes.

Exploring the digital economy with big data

NIESR's just published some new analysis of the UK’s digital economy, written by me and Anna Rosso with Growth Intelligence, and funded by Google. This is the first phase of a research programme with roots in the resurgence of industrial policy around the world ...