On 19-21 September 2018 the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will jointly organise the 16th edition of the IAOS Conference, Better Statistics for Better Lives that will take place at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France.

With the aim of promoting official statistics, the theme of this conference Better Statistics for Better Lives will serve as an umbrella to discuss the most pressing problems regarding the production, dissemination, and use of official statistics. This conference will be an important driver of the agenda towards better understanding official statistics, increasing their usefulness, addressing challenges, and finding potential options to improve statistics in a particular subject or field.

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Apply for funding!

Aiming to expand statistical capacity building in developing countries, the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the World Bank (WB) have granted funds to the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) to support participants from developing countries to attend the IAOS-OECD 2018 Conference “Better Statistics for Better Lives”.

Applications must be submitted by 4 June 2018. If you would like to apply please consult the IAOS website.


Young Scholars for Better Statistics



The IAOS and the OECD are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Young Scholars for Better Statistics Award (YSBS):

First Place: Milica Maricic,Assessing the quality of life in the European Union: The European Index of Life Satisfaction (EILS), University of Belgrade.

Second Place: Hong Anh Luu,The technical conversion factor and its relation with the price ratio of processing livestock, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (co-author: Kris Boudt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Third Place: Fritz Schiltz, “The added value of more accurate predictions for school rankings, KU (Katholieke Universiteit) Leuven (co-authors: Paolo Sestito – Bank of Italy, Tommaso Agasisti – Politecnico di Milano and Kristof De Witte - University of Leuven and University of Maastricht)

Congratulations to the winners! Abstracts can be accessed through the links above.