Statistics Day 2017

Social statistics in and for a changing Europe

21st century European society is characterised by processes of profound social transformation. Social statistics are expected to measure and reflect these rapidly changing societies in an adequate way. The Statistics Day 2017 dealt with various aspects of social change and key challenges facing social statistics. In the first session topical issues such as “new forms and patterns of migration”, “new forms of employment” and “increasing inequalities” were discussed. The following session was dedicated to the modernisation and streamlining efforts regarding the legal framework and organisational development of European Social Statistics. Finally, the use of new data sources and new technologies in obtaining data for social statistics was discussed.

The Statistics Day 2017 brought together speakers representing a number of international agencies and institutions (ICMPD, Eurofound, OECD, Eurostat, European Commission) as well as universities and Statistics Austria.

Monday, 2 October 2017

9.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m.

Statistics Austria 
Guglgasse 13  
1110 Vienna 


The program is also available as PDF download (515 KB).

Session I was held in German, Session II and III in English.

Statistics Day 2017 
Social statistics in and for a changing Europe
08:30 – 09:00Come together
09:00 – 09:15Opening 
Konrad Pesendorfer (Statistics Austria)
09:15 – 10:45Session I: European societies in transition and statistical challenges – 3 examples 
- Example 1: New forms and patterns of migration and its impacts on society (Albert Kraler, ICMPD) 
Presentation (PDF, 310 KB) 
- Challenges measuring migration and its impacts (Stephan Marik-Lebeck, Statistics Austria) 
Presentation (PDF, 250 KB) 
- Example 2: New forms of employment (Irene Mandl, Eurofound) 
Presentation (PDF, 760 KB) 
- Challenges measuring new forms of employment (Matthias Nocker, Statistics Austria) 
Presentation (PDF, 920 KB)
10:45 – 11:05 Coffee break
11:05 – 12:15Resumption session I: European societies in transition and statistical challenges – 3 examples 
- Example 3: Increasing inequalities (Michael Förster, OECD) 
Presentation (PDF, 940 KB) 
- Challenges measuring material well-being (Nadja Lamei, Statistics Austria) 
Presentation (PDF, 590 KB) 
- General discussion (Konrad Pesendorfer, Statistics Austria)
12:15 – 13:15Lunch break
13:15 – 14:25 Session II: Modernising social statistics in Europe: political, strategic and legal aspects 
- What does the European Commission expect from modern social statistics? (Barbara Kauffmann, DG EMPL)  
Presentation (PDF, 1 MB) 
- Strategic and legal aspects (Anne Clemenceau, Eurostat)  
Presentation (PDF, 270 KB) 
- Expectations from a member state’s perspective and general discussion (Ulrike Neufang, Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection)
14:25 – 14:40Coffee break
14:40 – 16:15Session III: Innovations in obtaining data for social statistics 
- New data sources including „Big Data“ (Andrew O’Sullivan, CSO Ireland) 
Presentation (PDF, 1,2 MB) 
- The potential benefits of using rich frames (Alexander Kowarik, Statistics Austria) 
- Implementing innovative survey designs (Annamaria Bianchi, University of Bergamo) 
Presentation (PDF, 1,2 MB) 
- Advantages of using new communication technologies (Florian Keusch, University of Mannheim) 
Presentation (PDF, 990 KB) 
- Final discussion and closing of the conference (Josef Kytir, Statistics Austria)
16:15 – 16:55Informal get together