Volume 55 - Number 1 - Spring 1989

O. The Production of Population Statistics

Studies concerned with the actual production of basic population data. Includes more than governmental publications.

O.1. Population Statistics, General Aspects

Studies on the collection of general demographic statistics and related problems such as studies on data processing.

55:10739 Bonnet, Doris. A cultural approach to the study of malaria and to measures of morbidity and mortality among young children in Burkina Faso. [Approche culturelles du paludisme et mesures de la morbidite et de la mortalite chez les jeunes enfants au Burkina Faso.] In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.2.39-49 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
The author discusses an anthropological approach to data collection in order to obtain accurate measures of malaria-related morbidity and mortality without biological examination. The focus is on the Mossi tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Correspondence: D. Bonnet, ORSTOM BP 182, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10740 Clairin, Remy. The recording of causes of deaths by nonmedical personnel. [L'enregistrement des causes de deces par un personnel non medical.] Etudes et Documents, No. 12, Oct 1988. 53 pp. Groupe de Demographie du Developpement [IDP, INED, INSEE, MINCOOP, ORSTOM]: Paris, France. In Fre.
Problems involved in collecting satisfactory demograpic data in developing countries are addressed, using the example of the collection of data by nonmedical personnel on causes of death in Africa, and, more specifically, experiences in Burkina Faso (Upper Volta) and Benin (Dahomey). The emphasis is on the experience gained during the 1950s, particularly the work of Yves Biraud and Pierre Cantrelle, which the author suggests has been subsequently overlooked.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10741 Ferry, Benoit; Cantrelle, Pierre. The use of micro-computers for collection of demographic data in the field. [L'utilisation de micro-ordinateurs de terrain pour la collecte en demographie.] In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.2.15-30 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
"Considering the key points of data collection and editing in demography, the authors look at the recent improvements given by micro-computers on these topics. They show the use of micros closer to the field-work for data-entry, the use of lap-top computers [in the] field with specific programs and data bases, generally replicating desk tasks [in the] field....The authors illustrate this with the Integrated System of Data Collection, a new software, based on a radically different approach, which has been already used successfully with lap-tops [in the] field."
Correspondence: B. Ferry, ORSTOM, Unite de Recherche Population-Sante, 75006 Paris, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10742 Groupe de Demographie Africaine [IDP, INED, INSEE, MINCOOP, ORSTOM] (Paris, France). Population size in African countries: an evaluation. Volume II. ISBN 2-7099-0830-1. 1988. iii, 419 pp. Paris, France. In Eng.
This is the second of two volumes presenting 44 studies by different authors on the population of African countries. The present volume includes studies for 21 countries and an overview of the project that generated these studies. The individual country papers each have a section on demographic data sources; some also have a critique of those sources, while others have an analysis of current population trends. The concluding review summarizes the situation concerning data sources, presents a critical analysis of those sources, and considers questions of data consistency.
This is a translation of the French edition, published in 1984, and cited in 51:10087.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10743 Keogh, Gary; Whelan, Brendan J. A statistical analysis of the Irish Electoral Register and its use for population estimation and sample surveys. ESRI General Research Series, No. 130, ISBN 0-7070-0083-1. Jul 1986. 126 pp. Economic and Social Research Institute [ESRI]: Dublin, Ireland. In Eng.
The Irish Electoral Register is evaluated as a data source, with a focus on the extent to which any inaccuracy may affect research based on data from the Register. The study involves specially conducted sample surveys and historical data from the Register concerning the past 30 years. The study has three purposes: "(i) to examine the statistical properties of the Register as a regularly updated list of persons and to quantify the extent to which it is accurate; (ii) to determine whether and how the Register can be used as a means of estimating population in years when a census is not carried out; (iii) to determine the usefulness of the Register as a frame from which samples of the population can be selected." The authors conclude that the Electoral Register is a valuable research tool for both population estimation and sampling, and that the deficiencies identified in the data are not serious or widespread enough to invalidate research based on these data.
Location: Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.

55:10744 Lohle-Tart, Louis; Clairin, Remy; Francois, Michel; Gendreau, Francis. From the individual to the statistic: some reflections on demographic data collection in Africa. [De l'homme au chiffre: reflexions sur l'observation demographique en Afrique.] Les Etudes du CEPED, No. 1, ISBN 2-87762-006-9. Oct 1988. iii, 329 pp. Centre Francais sur la Population et le Developpement [CEPED]: Paris, France. In Fre.
This work presents a summary of the experience and opinions of several French-speaking demographers who have been active in demographic data collection in countries where such data are largely nonexistent or deficient. It consists of 25 chapters grouped under the headings of general questions, which includes concepts such as adapting to local conditions, using local data sources, language problems, developing data archives, and quality control; the process of data collection; organization of data collection in the field; and data collection on specific topics, including estimation, age distribution, natural increase, fertility, mortality, infant and child mortality, causes of death, migration, and employment and occupations. The primary geographical focus is on Africa.
Correspondence: CEPED, 15 rue de l'Ecole de Medecine, 75270 Cedex 06, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10745 Njeck, Rose-Alice. Quality control of censuses and surveys in Africa within the limits of existing ways and means, with a view toward improving the quality of census and survey data. [Controle de qualite des recensements et enquetes en Afrique dans le cadre des voies et moyens en vue d'ameliorer la qualite des donnees dans les recensements et les enquetes.] In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.1.15-30 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
The author proposes various data collection and analysis methods to correct data deficiencies in African censuses and surveys. Attention is focused on questionnaire design, coding of data, training of fieldworkers, and computerization of data collection and analysis.
Correspondence: R.-A. Njeck, Departement de Main-d'Oeuvre et de l'Emploie, Ministere du Travail et de Prevoyance, Yaounde, Cameroon. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10746 Owusu, John Y. Improving quality of responses to basic demographic questions: a review of recent developments. In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.1.1-14 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Eng.
The author examines regional variations in the quality of demographic data in Africa. He notes that "response errors in population censuses and surveys in Africa arise from three main sources, namely, a) psychological and intellectual factors which affect the respondent's performance, b) the nature of the interaction between the respondent and the interviewer, and c) the socio-cultural environment of the country." Consideration is given to data collection and the age and date of demographic events, fertility, and nuptiality, and to the design of research instruments. Recommendations to improve data quality are presented.
Correspondence: J. Y. Owusu, Ghana Social Marketing Programme Research and Evaluation Unit, Accra, Ghana. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10747 Sidenko, A. V.; Popov, G. Yu. Statistics of population and employment in liberated countries: development trends and utilization of the experience of developed countries. A textbook. [Statistika naseleniya i truda v osvobodivshikhsya stranakh: tendentsii razvitiya i ispol'zovanie opyta razvitykh stran. Uchebnoe posobie.] LC 87-149827. 1986. 203 pp. Izdatel'stvo Universiteta Druzhby Narodov: Moscow, USSR. In Rus.
This is a textbook on the methodological principles of establishing a system of statistics concerning population and employment in developing countries. The experiences of both the USSR and developed capitalist countries are reviewed. The appropriate theoretical concepts and formulae are introduced and illustrated with examples from existing statistical systems. The current demographic system in developing countries is described, the various population theories developed to analyze population trends in different socioeconomic systems are introduced, and basic methods of making population projections are outlined.
Location: U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

55:10748 Snow, R. W.; Byass, P. Computerised morbidity surveillance in the field. In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.2.31-8 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Eng. with sum. in Fre.
The authors describe the methods employed in a 1987 child morbidity project in Farafenni, the Gambia, with a focus on the use of computers in the field and data base operations. "We have devised a system of monitoring large numbers of children for clinical episodes of malaria. The primary objective was to determine the number of clinical episodes of malaria suffered by children during trials of various interventions against the disease. It was assumed that a large proportion of clinical attacks would not be seen at health posts and health centres, and hence more active surveillance was indicated. We describe here some of the methods employed in this surveillance and discuss how these techniques might be applied to other intervention trials."
Correspondence: R. W. Snow, Medical and Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, Banjul, Gambia, West Africa. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10749 Thongthai, Varachai. Age misreporting. Journal of Population and Social Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, Jul 1988. 29-42, 147 pp. Nakhonpathom, Thailand. In Tha. with sum. in Eng.
The author discusses the characteristics of age misreporting in Thailand. It is noted that age at next birthday was reported more often than age at last birthday, particularly by younger people. No differences in the level of age misreporting by sex or educational level were noted.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.2. Registration of Vital Statistics

Studies of the organization and operation of vital statistics at local and national levels, of international comparability, and of special problems.

55:10750 International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS] (Bethesda, Maryland). Organization and status of civil registration and vital statistics in the Arab countries. IIVRS Technical Paper, No. 33, Oct 1988. i, 6 pp. Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
"This report brings together information on the organization of the civil registration and vital statistics systems in the Arab countries. These are the countries with a common language, religion, and culture located in the subregions of Asia and Africa."
Correspondence: IIVRS, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10751 International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS] (Bethesda, Maryland). Recommendations from regional conferences and seminars on civil registration and vital statistics: an update. IIVRS Technical Paper, No. 34, Nov 1988. i, 12 pp. Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
This paper contains recommendations from four regional conferences and seminars held from 1985 to 1987 on civil registration and vital statistics. The geographical focus covers Asia, Oceania, Africa, and English-speaking Caribbean countries. Subject headings include legal provisions, national and public interest, administrative organization, coordination, registration methods and procedures, personnel, training, facilities and equipment, research evaluation, and technical assistance.
Correspondence: IIVRS, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10752 Japan. Institute of Population Problems (Tokyo, Japan). Standardized vital rates by prefectures: 1985. Institute of Population Problems Research Series, No. 245, Feb 4, 1987. v, 73 pp. Tokyo, Japan. In Jpn.
Standardized vital rates are presented for Japan by prefecture and for the 11 largest cities. In Part 1, the year 1930 is used as the standard population; in Part 2, 1985 is used as the standard population. In Part 3, the year 1930 is used as a standard to compare changes in vital rates at five-year intervals from 1925 to 1985.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.3. Population Censuses and Registers

Studies of the organization and operation of population censuses and registers at local and national levels, of international comparability, and of special problems.

55:10753 Bakker, M. L. Demographic data collection through the rural population register in Papua New Guinea. In: Profession: demographer. Ten population studies in honour of F. H. A. G. Zwart, edited by B. van Norren and H. A. W. van Vianen. 1988. 5-20 pp. Geo Pers: Groningen, Netherlands. In Eng.
The author explains how demographic information in Papua New Guinea will be collected through the Rural Population Register (RPR), a basic population register. The RPR, established in 1985, is first described, followed by a discussion of problems in demographic data collection in general and through the RPR.
Correspondence: M. L. Bakker, University of the South Pacific, P.O. Box 1168, Suma, Fiji. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10754 Congressional Information Service [CIS] (Bethesda, Maryland). Guide to the 1980 U.S. decennial census publications: detailed abstracts and indexes derived from the American Statistics Index. ISBN 0-88692-099-X. LC 88-101373. 1986. xiii, 136; xiii, 112 pp. Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
This two-part guide to the 1980 U.S. census contains abstracts of individual census publications, and detailed indexing of those publications by subject, geographic area, report number, title, and type of data available. The guide covers all basic printed reports issued from the 1980 census through May 1986 for both the census of population and of housing. Preliminary and advanced reports are not included unless they present data in a significantly different format than the final reports.
Correspondence: CIS, 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10755 Grear, Lawrence D. An evaluation of the adequacy of the census data in Liberia. Pub. Order No. DA8806333. 1987. 156 pp. University Microfilms International: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"The purpose of this study was to examine factors that contributed to the inadequacy of the 1962 and 1974 censuses [in Liberia]. The study focused on problematic areas by examining inaccuracies in the 1974 census and the possibility of identifying the most reliable data from the census. The study examines the reliability of the data for planning and development of national programs and for future censuses. [It] confirmed the hypothesis indicating that the poorest census data came from the less educated, the lower occupational groups, nonmigrants, women, and the rural areas. In testing the 1974 census data for discrepancies the Whipple's, Myers and the United Nations Age-Sex Accuracy indexes were utilized as analytical tools."
This work was prepared as a doctoral dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin.
Correspondence: University Microfilms International, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, A: Humanities and Social Sciences 49(2).

55:10756 Hungary. Kozponti Statisztikai Hivatal (Budapest, Hungary). 1980 population census. Volume 37. A survey of the data and of data processing. Summary comments. [1980. evi nepszamlalas. 37. Az adatfelvetel es feldolgozas. Osszefoglalo ismertetese.] 1983. [279] pp. Budapest, Hungary. In Hun.
The methodology used in the 1980 census of Hungary is described, including the decentralization of responsibility for taking the census to the county level, and the greater emphasis on settlements, villages, towns, and educational status. Changes in census methodology since 1869 are also discussed.
Location: University of Texas at Austin, Population Research Center.

55:10757 Jager, H. P. The organization of a population census in a nomad society. In: Profession: demographer. Ten population studies in honour of F. H. A. G. Zwart, edited by B. van Norren and H. A. W. van Vianen. 1988. 21-44 pp. Geo Pers: Groningen, Netherlands. In Eng.
The author examines "the huge demographical problem of how to get the highly mobile Somali population counted." Somali nomadic society is first described, with a focus on settlement patterns observed during the rainy and dry seasons. Different methods of census taking in nomadic societies, as well as the best approach to counting Somali nomads, are also discussed.
Correspondence: H. P. Jager, Chancellor College, P.O. Box 280, Zomba, Malawi. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10758 Martine, George; Arias, Alfonso R. The evolution of employment in agriculture--second part. [A evolucao do emprego no campo--2.a parte.] Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao, Vol. 5, No. 1, Jan-Jun 1988. 37-70 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por. with sum. in Eng.
This is the second part of a study evaluating Brazil's demographic and agricultural censuses and their divergent representations of change in agricultural employment. Consideration is given to occupational status, economic activity, regional variations, and residence characteristics of agricultural workers. The effect of censal differences on the measurement of seasonal fluctuations in employment and the labor force participation of women and children is noted.
For Part 1, published in 1987, see 54:40814.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10759 Nam, Bun. Outline of the 1985 population and housing census. Studies in Population Problems, Vol. 3, Dec 1986. 59-68 pp. Pusan, Korea, Republic of. In Eng.
The author reviews the history and organization of the population and housing census in the Republic of Korea. Brief outlines of enumeration procedures, census items, tabulation and publication procedures, and evaluation methods are provided. A 1985 sample census questionnaire is included.
Correspondence: B. Nam, Population Statistics Division, National Bureau of Statistics, 90 Gyeongun-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul 110, Republic of Korea. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10760 Reid-Green, Keith S. The history of census tabulation. Scientific American, Vol. 260, No. 2, Feb 1989. 98-103 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
The author provides a brief history of the U.S. census, with a focus on the challenge posed by collecting such large amounts of data, and how it led to a revolution in data processing and statistical analysis.
Correspondence: K. S. Reid-Green, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. Location: Princeton University Library (SW).

55:10761 Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes: 1950-1980. ISBN 0-89774-400-4. LC 88-17937. 1988. viii, 317 pp. Oryx Press: Phoenix, Arizona. In Eng.
This is a guide to the information contained in the published volumes from the 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980 U.S. censuses. Information is included on the topics covered in the various censuses and the terminology used, the contents of each census volume listed, the availability of census materials, and the states and outlying areas included in the respective censuses.
For a guide to earlier censuses by the same author, published in 1985, see 52:10740.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10762 Szwalek, Stanislawa. Preparations by local authorities for the general census. [Prace przygotowawcze w terenie do Narodowego Spisu Powszechnego.] Wiadomosci Statystyczne, Vol. 33, No. 4, Apr 1988. 8-10 pp. Warsaw, Poland. In Pol.
An outline of tasks delegated to local authorities in preparation for the Polish census scheduled for December 1988 is presented.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10763 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Fourth Annual Research Conference, March 20-23, 1988: proceedings. Jul 1988. 711 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This is the fourth in a series of annual research conferences conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The focus of this conference was on improvements in technology and measurement problems. Sessions were included on counting the hard-to-enumerate population, measurement models in undercount research, improving foreign trade statistics, statistical models for the census undercount mechanism, disclosure research, automated cartography, computer-assisted telephone interviewing, methods and software for survey data analysis, computer-assisted personal interviewing, expert systems for matching and classifying, microeconomic panel surveys, standard industrial classification, improvement of demographic coverage, seasonal adjustment and related research, issues in survey methodology, and quality control.
For proceedings of a previous conference in this series, published in 1987, see 54:10848.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.4. Surveys

Studies of periodic or special surveys relevant to population studies, excluding KAP (knowledge, attitudes, and practice of family planning) studies, which are coded under F.4.4. Attitudes Toward Fertility and Fertility Control .

55:10764 Population Council (New York, New York). Senegal 1986: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 19, No. 6, Pt. 1, Nov-Dec 1988. 381-5 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
Data from the 1986 Senegal Demographic and Health Survey are presented. Statistics are included for fertility trends and differentials, age-specific fertility, fertility preferences, contraceptive use, infant mortality, health, and nutritional status. Data are from 2,136 compounds and interviews of 4,415 women aged 15-49.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10765 Population Council (New York, New York). Thailand 1987: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1989. 62-6 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
Summary statistics are presented from the 1987 Thailand Demographic and Health Survey. Data are included on population characteristics, fertility trends and preferences, contraceptive use by age and parity, nuptiality, infant mortality, and disease. Data are from 9,045 households surveyed from March to June 1987.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10766 Pullum, Thomas W. An approach to the reconciliation of demographic survey data from the Philippines. Population Technical Assistance Project Occasional Paper, No. 2, Pub. Order No. 87-147-076. Sep 29, 1988. vii, 29 pp. International Science and Technology Institute, Population Technical Assistance Project: Arlington, Virginia. In Eng.
Problems concerning the inconsistencies in data on fertility and contraceptive prevalence taken from different Philippine demographic surveys are examined. The author concludes that "the choice of indicators is an important key to the reliability of survey data. [He] recommends that the primary index of fertility be the Total Fertility Rate, not the Crude Birth Rate, and that the main measure of contraceptive prevalence be the percentage of currently married women who are using program methods, rather than all methods."
Correspondence: Population Technical Assistance Project, International Science and Technology Institute, 1601 North Kent Street, Suite 1014, Arlington, VA 22209. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10767 Randall, Sara C. Use of ethnological knowledge in the collection of demographic data. In: African Population Conference/Congres Africain de Population, Dakar, Senegal, November/novembre 7-12, 1988. Vol. 1, 1988. 1.2.1-13 pp. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]: Liege, Belgium. In Eng. with sum. in Fre.
The role of ethnological methods of analysis in African demographic surveys is discussed. Consideration is given to the interview context, household definition, and marriage patterns. The author suggests that "although ethnological knowledge has the potential to increase the quality and value of demographic data, it is used at the expense of standardised definitions, which increases significantly the complexity of both study design and analysis."
Correspondence: S. C. Randall, c/o NEF, Douentza, Mali. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

55:10768 Riandey, Benoit. The quality of follow-up studies of the sample in demographic surveys: an appraisal. [La qualite du suivi des echantillons dans les enquetes demographiques: un bilan.] Population, Vol. 43, No. 4-5, Jul-Oct 1988. 829-54 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng; Spa.
The author describes methods developed at INED to improve the quality of data in follow-up studies conducted in France. Attention is given to the updating of address files of persons included in the original survey sample, with a primary focus on an INED follow-up survey on fertility. The author then examines the difficulties in obtaining data faced by those undertaking follow-up surveys, citing recent experience at both INED and INSEE.
Correspondence: B. Riandey, INED, 27 Rue du Commandeur, 75675 Paris Cedex 14, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).


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