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The statistical handbook of social and economic indicators for the former Soviet Union/
compiled by the CIS Committee for Statistics International Center for Human Values Moscow.
imprint
New York : Norman Ross Pub., 1996.
description
307 p. cm.
ISBN
0883543788
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Book
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imprint
New York : Norman Ross Pub., 1996.
isbn
0883543788
general note
1980, 1990-1992
At head of title: The Committee for Statistics of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Center for Human Values.
Includes index.
catalogue key
1867124
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
This compilation of social and economic data for the former Soviet republics presents a myriad of raw figures assembled by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Committee for Statistics. The abundance of subjects covered for the 11 members of the CIS (e.g., population, consumption, education, health, culture, infrastructure, crime, environment) are accompanied by brief commentaries describing the trends. Comparative statistical data for other countries are presented in some cases, unfortunately without indicating their source. The descriptive text throughout is a literal English translation from Russian. The final chapter, five pages in length, describes the methods used to compile some of the statistics in a manner that is not clear for noneconomists. A better choice for this information is the World Bank's Statistical Handbook: States of the Former USSR (1992), which covers 15 republics, with topical and temporal scope similar to the title being reviewed but with superior organization and accessibility of data, especially for undergraduates. Both publishers plan to update these works annually. The CIS publication is not recommended for undergraduate students who lack background in Soviet statistics. I. Tomljanovich Dickinson College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-09-15:
Compiled by the Moscow-based CIS Committee for Statistics International Center for Human Values, this handbook consists of statistical tables supplied by the central statistical agencies of the 11 republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States. (Georgia and the three Baltic republics are excluded.) This first volume of a planned annual series covers 1980 and 1985 for the Soviet period and 1991-92, the first year of the Commonwealth period. Data have been compiled into 13 subject areas such as population and labor resources, income, consumption, education, health, transport, and environment. Unfortunately, compiling data from 11 sources into one table implies more comparability among them than may be justified. In addition, explanatory footnotes and attributions are almost totally missing, leaving many of the numbers dimensionless. Many of the economic figures found here are also available from the World Bank in Statistical Handbook 1995: States of the Former USSR, which reports each republic separately. Other statistics are available in Russia and Eurasia Facts and Figures Annual (Academic International). Those two sources should be used in preference to this new work, but unique data elements are included here. Use with caution.‘Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
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