The UN Secretary-General had this message to the world to commemorate the day:
"On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development."These are, of course, exactly the kind of data that allowed Angus Deaton to accomplish his prize-winning work. Indeed, I suspect that there has never been a Nobel Prize winner in Economics who did not rely in some important way on government-generated data available to the public to analyze for the public good. Please spread that message to your member of the US Congress the next time there are murmurings about cutting back on the census, the American Community Survey, or any other government data collection scheme.