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Improving Public Understanding of Economic Statistics (2 of 2)

Paper 2: Media reporting of labour market statistics

  • Working paper
  • 11th Nov 2022

This study by BIT and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and carried out as part of the research programme of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) and funded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) explores the role of the media as an intermediary for the communication of economic statistics to the general public.

We focus on understanding in more depth how journalists use ONS materials; how the materials can be improved; how economists and statisticians can support journalists to make better use of their materials; and how ONS’ information ultimately affects the subsequent media coverage, in terms of what is reported, the depth of the coverage, and the type of coverage.


Claire Cathro

Senior Advisor

Nida Broughton

Director, Economic Policy

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Johnny Runge

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)