Jean Monnet Chair SAMPLEU Final Workshop on “Small Area Methods and living conditions indicators in European poverty studies in the era of data deluge and Big data”
On May 8th-10th 2018, the Jean Monnet Chair SAMPLEU (Small Area Methods for Monitoring of Poverty and Living conditions in EU), in close collaboration with the Consortium MAKSWELL (MAKing Sustainable development and WELL-being frameworks work for policy analysis), and the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa, has hosted a three-day workshop on “Small Area Methods and living conditions indicators in European poverty studies in the era of data deluge and Big data“.
The workshop focused on state-of-the-art scientific advances on studying and monitoring of poverty and living conditions in various dimensions and their close linkage to EU regional policies. It was organized through groups of people discussing a topic during several tables, with chairpersons in charge of summarize the main insights of the interventions, manage the comments raised by the audience, and wrap up the main results. Each of the three days started with a keynote session serving as a general guideline to address the topic(s) of the day. At the end of the intervention of the keynote speaker, the chairpersons were in charge of recalling the issues raised, interacting with the participants in order to boost the discussion.
The Workshop hosted more than a hundred participants from many European countries, as well as United States, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom etc. Contributions and interventions has been provided by representatives of World Bank, Istat, Irpet, the Statistical Office in Poznan, Eurostat as well as a top-level international academics from University of Pisa, University of Manchester, University of Florence, University of Maryland, University of Trier etc.
The Workshop has successfully brought together the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of multidimensional poverty, Small Area Estimation methods, Purchase Power Parities, and living conditions in EU, establishing a fruitful dialogue between policy and research to provide scientific advice and support for regional policies fighting poverty and in favor of social cohesion. It also provided useful guidelines to the scientific community on the knowledge and tools needed to support current and future monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, through the identification of the constituents for measuring the poverty and living conditions at various levels (local, regional, national, international) and the necessary indicators and tools for comparisons.
The workshop has been very effective in establishing long-standing partnership among key actors in the area of studying poverty and living conditions at local level through the creation of a lively networking between the participants like researchers, policy makers, official statisticians, and young scholars involved in courses on the subject, as well as their institutions. This provided a significant contribution to the continuous development of statistical culture and knowledge that fit into the assessment framework for monitoring poverty in EU and consequently develop the respective training curricula of European studies on poverty and living conditions.
The three-day debate stimulated reflections and insights on the future research needs in terms of statistical methodologies and new data (Big Data), helping defining future pathways for the new EU Framework Program.
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