Conférence “The origins of national statistical systems: A cross national history of Argentina, Canada, France and Mexico”

14th September 2018, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Location: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street London EC1Y 8LX

Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required. Follow this link:


  • Laura Cházaro – Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas, Cinvestav-IPN (Mexico)
  • Claudia Daniel – Universidad de Buenos Aires and Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, (CIS-CONICET/IDES) (Argentina)
  • Jean-Guy Prévost – Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)
  • Béatrice Touchelay – Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion, Université de Lille (France)

Commentator: Jean-Pierre Beaud- Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)

Respondent: Mike Hughes – RSS Fellow, National Statistics Advisory Group

Chair: Cecilia Lanata Briones – University of Sussex

About the Event

National statistical systems are a crucial part of the state apparatus. They contribute to the collection of information than is then used to elaborate a wide range of policies. Statistical agencies began to be established in the nineteenth century. National trajectories varied, however. This event focuses on the origins of national statistical systems in Argentina, Canada, France, Great Britain and Mexico in a comparative perspective.


2pm to 4.00 pm: Country presentations

4.00pm to 4.45pm: Reflections from Jean-Pierre Beaud and Mike Hughes

4.45pm to 5pm: Questions from the audience

Refreshments: tea and coffee will be offered from 1.30pm

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