Aims and Scope

SAE2009 is a scientific conference of current developments in small area estimation with applications to different fields of statistics production and research. The conference addresses, in a good balance: (i) theoretical and methodological developments in small area estimation and related fields, and (ii) practical applications of small area estimation methods, including their potential uses in various research areas and official statistics.

The conference is aimed to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas for a variety of people, including statisticians, researchers and other experts of universities, national statistical institutes, research institutes and other governmental bodies and local authorities and private enterprises dealing with research methodology, empirical research and statistics production for regional areas and other population subgroups.

SAE Conferences are of great interest for members of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS) as it is confirmed by the fact that this topic was included in the former ISI session as well as in next one. Papers and oral presentations will be available in English or French and proceedings will be produce in paper and Internet form.

First SAE Conference, SAE2005, was organized by the University of Jyväskylä, Statistics Finland and the EURAREA Consortium. SAE2005 has included the contributions of the EURAREA research project. The chairman of the Organizing and Scientific Committee of SAE2005 were prof. Risto Lehtonen and prof. Ray Chambers respectively. Keynote speakers were Chris Elbers, Mike Hidiroglou, Danny Pfeffermann, Jon Rao and Carl-Erik Särndal.

Second SAE Conference, SAE 2007, was organized by the University of Pisa and the Regione Toscana. The chairman of the Organizing and Scientific Committee of SAE2007 were prof. Monica Pratesi and prof. Luigi Biggeri respectively. Invited speakers were J.N.K. Rao, R.Chambers, D. Cocchi, W. Fuller, J. Jiang, D. Morales and D. Pfeffermann.

SAE2009 Conference will be organized in the Conference Centre of the city of Elche by the University Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH), the Spanish Statistical Office (Instituto Nacional de Estadística – INE) and the Municipality of Elche, on behalf of the EuroWorking Group on Small Area Estimation (EWORSAE). Chair of the Organizing Committee is Domingo Morales.