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Improving Public Understanding of Economic Statistics (1 of 2)

Paper 1: Presenting labour market statistics to the public

  • Working paper
  • 11th Nov 2022

Previous research has found that the UK public feel economics and economic statistics are communicated in a way that is “confusing”, “complicated” and “difficult to understand”.

We also know that the UK public want to hear more
economic information directly from economic statistics producers who they trust and without the usual filters of the media and politicians.

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) therefore explores how ONS could potentially communicate statistics about the labour market directly to the general population, with the aim to improve public comprehension, engagement, and trust.

Authors

Claire Cathro

Senior Advisor

Nida Broughton

Director, Economic Policy

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Johnny Runge

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)