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Social statistics

Social statistics is the use of statistical measurement systems to study human behavior in a social environment. This can be accomplished through polling a group of people, evaluating a subset of data obtained about a group of people, or by observation and statistical analysis of a set of data that relates to people and their behaviors.

Social scientists use social statistics for many purposes, including:

  • the evaluation of the quality of services available to a group or organization,
  • analyzing behaviors of groups of people in their environment and special situations,
  • determining the wants of people through statistical sampling.


  • Statistics in the Social Sciences 1
    • Statistical methods in social sciences 1.1
  • Social science statistics centers 2
  • Statistical databases for social science 3
    • Cross Disciplinary 3.1
    • Labor statistics 3.2
    • User generated statistical databases 3.3
  • See also 4
  • Further reading 5

Statistics in the Social Sciences

Statistics and statistical analyses have become a key feature of social science. Statistics is employed in correlation does not imply causation."

The use of statistics has become so widespread in the social sciences that many universities such as Harvard, have developed institutes focusing on "quantitative social science." Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science focuses mainly on fields like political science that incorporate the advanced causal statistical models that Bayesian methods provide.

Statistical methods in social sciences

Methods, techniques and concepts used in quantitative social sciences include:

Social science statistics centers

  • Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
  • Center for Statistics and Social Sciences, University of Washington
  • Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • Social Statistics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
  • National Centre for Research Methods, UK
  • Social Science Statistics Center, University of Missouri, Columbia (see also their links section)
  • Social Statistics Research Group, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology, New York University, NY

Statistical databases for social science

Cross Disciplinary

  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
  • UN Statistics Division- Demographic and Social Statistics
  • Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Labor statistics

  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • International Labour Organisation- LABORSTA
  • Labor Research Association- Statistics for Labor Economics
  • Labor and Worklife Program- Labor Stats at Harvard Law School

User generated statistical databases

  • Social Statistics 2.0

See also

Further reading

  • Blalock, H.M., Jr, ed. (1974), Measurement in the Social Sciences, Chicago, Illinois: Aldine Publishing,  
  • Blalock, Hubert M (1979), Social Statistics, New York: McGraw-Hill,  
  • Irvine, John, Miles, Ian, Evans, Jeff, (editors), "Demystifying Social Statistics ", London : Pluto Press, 1979. ISBN 0-86104-069-4
  • Miller, Delbert C., & Salkind, Neil J (2002), Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement, California: Sage,  
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