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Having worked in/with various civil service stats depts in Wales it doesn't surprise me when stats are used in a linear and too simple way like you've outlined here. When carried out internally as an ongoing stats collection and analysis process, I've not seen great access to systems that could allow for more complex modelling of different scenarios to give better predictability. So it comes down to the capabilities and forethought of the stats people which is variable. A different matter if a big piece of research or trend analysis is commissioned.

I would have expected more to be put in at European level though.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 27th, 2008 at 05:39:26 PM EST
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