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Briscoe, G (2006) How useful and reliable are construction statistics?. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 220–9.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction performance; data collection; employment; output; productivity; reliability; resource measures; statistics
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=wt1k3772r5185267
  • Abstract:
    The Pearce Report of 2003 drew attention to potential shortcomings in some of the existing statistics that were used to analyse the UK construction sector. The current study examines the broader statistical issues in greater depth to identify shortcomings that could cause some of the findings presented by Pearce, and similar studies, to need qualification and possible revision. Problems with reliable and accurate data collection and statistical analysis include defining the scope and coverage of the industry; measuring industry outputs and their allocation across different types of activity; identifying construction firms; and measuring capital formation and capital stock, inconsistencies in employment statistics and labour market variables, discrepancies in measuring productivity, and the lack of international comparison. Needed improvements include a wider definition of construction output and employment activities, a continuous review of the usefulness and reliability of the published construction statistics, and the resolution of the discrepancies between different registers. Industry stakeholders also need to become more engaged in the process of statistical revision and use. The creation of an international forum could improve the quality of statistics and deal with the more technical aspects of international comparisons.

Clarke, L (2006) Valuing labour. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 246–56.

Crawford, P and Vogl, B (2006) Measuring productivity in the construction industry. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 208–19.

Ekeskär, A, Rudberg, M, Institutionen för teknik och, n, Linköpings, u, Kommunikations- och, t and Tekniska, f (2016) Third-party logistics in construction: The case of a large hospital project. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 174-91.

Franz, B W and Leicht, R M (2016) An alternative classification of project delivery methods used in the United States building construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 160-73.

Hu, X and Liu, C (2016) Profitability performance assessment in the Australian construction industry: A global relational two-stage DEA method. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 147-59.

Ive, G (2006) Re-examining the costs and value ratios of owning and occupying buildings. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 230-45.

Khan, K I A, Flanagan, R and Lu, S-L (2016) Managing information complexity using system dynamics on construction projects. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 192-204.

Kohler, N (2006) A European perspective on the Pearce report: policy and research. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 287–94.

Macmillan, S (2006) Added value of good design. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 257–71.

Pearce, D (2006) Is the construction sector sustainable?: definitions and reflections. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 201–7.

Tombesi, P (2006) Good thinking and poor value: on the socialization of knowledge in construction. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 272–86.

Turner, R K (2006) Sustainability auditing and assessment challenges. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 197–200.