TRAMES 3, 1, 1997

Kalev Katus, Allan Puur, and Luule Sakkeus. Population data and reorganisation of statistical system: case of Estonia


This paper examines the recent developments and prospects for population statistics and statistical system in Estonia. Addressing the issue, the paper starts from the discussion of the features characteristic of the Soviet statistical system which prevailed in Estonia from the Second World War to the early 1990s. The second part of the paper focuses on recent changes in the 1990s and the attempts to overcome the historical heritage. Specific consideration is given to the necessity of statistical reform and lessons which can be drawn from its failure. For the common organisation in the past and relatively more rapid pace of societal reforms, the case of Estonia could offer an interesting example and provide valuable experience for other former republics of the Soviet Union which are developing their own national statistical systems.

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Kalev Katus, Allan Puur, and Luule Sakkeus
Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre
P.O. Box 3012 EE0090 Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 6409451
Fax: +372 6409453