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Activity Number: 543
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights
Abstract - #303803
Title: International Responses to Governmental Targeting of Statisticians and Research Organizations in Argentina
Author(s): William Seltzer*+
Companies: Fordham University
Address: 1613 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, PA, 19436,
Keywords: human rights ; price statistics ; international cooperation ; American Statistical Association ; political manipulation ; ethics

The paper describes the range of responses by the ASA and others to attacks launched by the Argentine Government on statistics, statisticians, and allied professionals who are compiling and disseminating consumer price statistics using methods not approved of by that Government.

The Argentine Government had begun to manipulate official price data for political purposes in 2007. In early 2011 the Government started a campaign of harassment directed against several statisticians and research organizations that were producing price data using internationally acceptable methods. The political manipulation of data and harassment are continuing. The Government actions are in violation of scientific and human rights norms.

In response, the ASA's Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights, with the active support of the ASA Board and staff, initiated a series of activities designed to bu

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