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The Statistical Agencies of the Federal Government: A Report to the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government

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This PDF is a selection from an out-of-print volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research Volume Title: The Statistical Agencies of the Federal Government: A Report to the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government Volume Author/Editor: Frederick C. Mills and Clarence D. Long Volume Publisher: NBER Volume ISBN: 0-87014-049-3 Volume URL: http://www.nber.org/books/mill49-1 Publication Date: 1949 Chapter Title: Appendix A: Uses of Federal Statistical Reports Chapter Author: Frederick C. Mills, Clarence D. Long Chapter URL: http://www.nber.org/chapters/c6654 Chapter pages in book: (p. 148 - 170) APPENDIX A Uses of Federal Statistical 'Reports Some of the uses to which Federal statistics are put have been set forth in broad terms in this report. The range is wide and has been steadily expanding. Guides to the use of land, forests, fish- eries, minerals, and other material resources and for their conser- vation are provided by statistical information. Population and vital statistics, marriage and divorce statistics are bases for under- standing the structure and growth of our society. Comprehensive and prompt reporting of mortality statistics is essential to the formulation of public health programs. Population and birth rate data, anthropometric measurements, and statistics on the size and regional distribution of national income, savings, and con- sumer expenditures help to shape the decisions of business enter- prises concerning the production and distribution of goods. Agricultural production and income relate directly to supplies of food and of various industrial raw materials, and to demand for many types of producer and consumer goods. Statistics enter into industrial relations; policies and legislation on working conditions and social security programs must be based on accurate quantita- tive information. If administrative policies and legislation on fiscal, monetary, and general economic issues are to be realistically fo

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