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The Role of NSOs in Assuring National Prosperity: A Case Study of Korea

Jong Nam Oh

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As changes in the socio-economic environment become more rapid, so the role of statistics in society becomes more important. At the same time, the role of a national statistical office (hereafter NSO) as a provider of official statistics attracts increasing interest because the function of an NSO in a country assuredly depends on changes in the economic and social surroundings in pursuit of national prosperity.

In this paper, the strong relationship between the social and economic development of a country and the development of a national statistical office will be explicated using the example of Korea, which has experienced dynamic take-off in both economic and social sectors during the last 40 years. The progress of the Korean NSO will be studied in three time periods by looking at the socio-economic changes in each period, and how the NSO responded. In addition, as the Global Age emerged in the late 1990s, the Korean NSO started to encounter new demands at a time of limited resources and a worsening statistical environment. In light of this, several current issues and corresponding strategies for NSOs will be suggested.

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Internat. Statist. Rev., Volume 73, Number 2 (2005), 191-196.

First available in Project Euclid: 4 August 2005

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Nam Oh, Jong. The Role of NSOs in Assuring National Prosperity: A Case Study of Korea. Internat. Statist. Rev. 73 (2005), no. 2, 191--196.

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