Trends in Agricultural Statistics – An Outline of Development Work at Statistics Sweden
Knut Medin and Bernt Wilson
In recent years, Statistics Sweden has conducted a general review of its agricultural statistics. This article emphasizes the prerequisites and motives for this development work. Stress is laid on a statistical approach, and on improvements in statistical methodology.
Among the methodological projects mentioned are the use of a farm typology, the idea of farm models, longitudinal and spatial analyses, projections and forecasts, and the use of geographical coordinates.
Examples of “new” statistical areas include agricultural structure and infrastructure, family farming, and part-time farming. Respondent burden, confidentiality and integrity, and the demands of budgetary restraints are discussed as important background factors.
Agriculture; official statistics; Sweden; development work; statistical methodology.