Volume 58 - Number 1 - Spring 1992

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.

58:10725 Arias, Alfonso R.; Cordeiro, Sonia H. T. de C. A discussion about the production and use of data concerning the labor market. [Uma discussao sobre a producao e uso dos dados sobre o mercado de trabalho.] Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao, Vol. 7, No. 2, Jul-Dec 1990. 219-35 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por. with sum. in Eng.
The authors discuss the production and use of Brazilian labor market data. Noting improvements in data collection during the 1980s, "this study aims to point out the common points, the differences and the problems of the various data sources [that call] for urgent revisions. It concludes that any attempt in this way will necessarily lead to a more intense and democratic process of consultation among the producers and...the users...."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10726 Bairagi, Radheshyam; Edmonston, Barry; Hye, Abdul. The influence of nutritional status on age misstatement for young children in rural Bangladesh. Genus, Vol. 47, No. 1-2, Jan-Jun 1991. 193-204 pp. Rome, Italy. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Ita.
"This paper reports on age misstatement of 679 children aged 22 to 59 months in Companyganj, a rural area in Bangladesh. Overreporting and random error in age data are found, with the interviewer and nutritional status of children appearing as significant determinants of these errors." The data are from a follow-up survey conducted from January 1975 to March 1980.
Correspondence: R. Bairagi, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 2, Bangladesh. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10727 Camarano, Ana A. Demographic information: what do we have, what do we use, and how do we use it? [Informacoes demograficas: o que se tem, o que se usa e como se usa?] Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao, Vol. 7, No. 2, Jul-Dec 1990. 207-18 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por. with sum. in Eng.
"The paper evaluates the Brazilian system of demographic information and analyses the available sources...and their utilization in published papers. The author has also done a survey asking [participants] about the utilization of this information. [The author concludes] that the information is underutilized."
Correspondence: A. A. Camarano, IPEA, Tecnica de Planejamento e Pesquisa, Avenida Presidente Antonio Carlos 51, andar 14, 20020 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10728 Carstairs, Vera. Dying away from home: the influence on mortality statistics. Population Trends, No. 66, Winter 1991. 22-5 pp. London, England. In Eng.
The author examines how deaths occurring away from home may affect the accuracy of mortality statistics, using data on deaths registered in Scotland. She notes that the practice of recording deaths of nonresidents in the count of vital events in the local area in which they occur can affect the comparability of death rates among geographic areas.
Correspondence: V. Carstairs, University of Edinburgh, Department of Community Medicine, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, Scotland. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10729 De Silva, W. I. Response reliability of demographic data: a longitudinal study in Sri Lanka. Journal of Biosocial Science, Vol. 24, No. 1, Jan 1992. 77-88 pp. Cambridge, England. In Eng.
"Response consistency was examined by linking the records of women interviewed in the 1982 Sri Lanka Contraceptive Prevalence Survey with records from the same individuals followed up 3 years later. Seventy-eight percent of women reported identical year of birth in the two surveys, but only 58% were consistent for age at marriage. Data on sterilisation and number of children born were highly reliable, but wives' reports on husband's age and education were relatively weak. Multivariate analysis of the effects of socioeconomic factors on consistency in age reporting confirms that education is the most influential factor related to consistency, followed by religion and husband's occupation."
Correspondence: W. I. De Silva, Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences, Division of Demography and Sociology, Demography Programme, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10730 Giampaoli, S.; Menotti, A. Surveillance of major coronary events: the development of a simplified methodology derived from the experience of the MONICA Project-Area Latina. [Sorveglianza degli eventi coronarici maggiori: messa a punto di una metodologia semplificata derivata dall'esperienza del progetto MONICA-Area Latina.] Rapporti ISTISAN, No. 91/24, 1991. 34 pp. Istituto Superiore di Sanita [ISTISAN]: Rome, Italy. In Ita. with sum. in Eng.
This report describes a simplified methodology for the identification of major coronary events, developed as part of a three-year project in Italy involving the registration of myocardial infarction. It involved the recording of fatal events on death certificates, with primary causes of death corresponding to ischemic heart disease, heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, and sudden death, as well as non-fatal events as recorded in hospital discharge records. The results indicate that "the number of coronary events and corresponding attack rates obtained by this methodology are rather close to those obtained by applying the strict diagnostic criteria of the MONICA Project....The described procedure is offered to Local Health Units, to Centres for Cardiovascular Diseases and to Hospitals or other health facilities which could be involved in cardiovascular, epidemiological activities, since it yields sufficiently accurate data at a fairly low cost."
Correspondence: Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Rome, Italy. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10731 Knodel, John; Chayovan, Napaporn. Age and birth date reporting in Thailand. Asian and Pacific Population Forum, Vol. 5, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall 1991. 41-50, 64-76 pp. Honolulu, Hawaii. In Eng.
Problems in age reporting in Thailand are analyzed. The authors note that while "almost all Thais know their year of birth...[they] do not necessarily think of age...strictly in terms of completed years. Rather, patterns of age reporting are best understood as the outcome of several coexisting practices for determining age....Commonly, Thais simply equate their age with the difference between the current year and their year of birth without taking into account whether the current year's birthday has already passed. This practice...leads to a substantial proportion of the population for whom stated age is one year older than completed age...[depending] upon when, during the year, a particular inquiry into age occurs. Age data are far more likely to be affected when based on inquiries made early in the year, before most respondents have passed their birthday, than when the data are collected later in the year." The implications for data collection and analysis are discussed.
Correspondence: J. Knodel, University of Michigan, Population Studies Center, 1225 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10732 Medici, Andre C. The statistical system, planning, and society in Brazil (notes for discussion). [Sistema estatistico, planejamento e sociedade no Brasil (notas para uma discussao).] Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populacao, Vol. 7, No. 2, Jul-Dec 1990. 191-206 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por. with sum. in Eng.
"The main purpose of this article is to study the relationship between the Statistical System and Society in Brazil. The analysis of demographic data and information systems [is included]....In general, the question is seen in [a] historical and prospective approach....[The author also discusses] the information demand created by the New Constitution of 1988 in Brazil."
Correspondence: A. C. Medici, Fundacao Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica, Escola Nacional de Ciencias Estatisticas, Avenida Franklin Roosevelt 166, 20021 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10733 Nicholson, Beryl. The length of intercensal periods and the extent of omissions in migration data from censuses. [Longueur des periodes intercensitaires et ampleur des omissions dans les donnees migratoires issues des recensements.] Population, Vol. 46, No. 5, Sep-Oct 1991. 1,283-9 pp. Paris, France. In Fre.
Some problems concerning the measurement of migration using data from two successive censuses are illustrated based on data from Norway. The focus is on alternative ways to obtain migration data that include multiple migrations in intercensal periods.
Correspondence: B. Nicholson, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, 12 Lavender Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, England. 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.

58:10734 India. Office of the Registrar General (New Delhi, India). Hand book on civil registration. LC 90-904273. 1989. vi, 126 pp. New Delhi, India. In Eng.
This is a revised edition of a guide to the vital statistics system of India. "The Handbook...describes the various provisions of the [Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969] provides clarifications in their interpretations, discusses the organisational framework for registration, defines the duties and responsibilities of registration functionaries, lays down registration practices and procedures and suggests measures for the coordinated development of vital statistics. It is hoped this publication would serve as a useful guide to those who are engaged in the universalisation of registration of births and deaths in the country."
For a previous edition, published in 1981, see 49:10846.
Correspondence: Office of the Registrar General, Ministry of Home Affairs, 2/A Mansingh Road, New Delhi 110 011, India. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10735 Moretto, Stefania. Italian vital statistics from 1862 to 1930. [Le statistiche italiane dello stato civile dal 1862 al 1930.] Bollettino di Demografia Storica, No. 14, 1991. 51-71 pp. Pisa, Italy. In Ita.
The development of the vital statistics system in Italy following reunification in 1860 up to 1930 is described. Separate consideration is given to statistics on deaths, marriages, and births.
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.

58:10736 Balevski, Dano. Major program and methodological problems of censuses in Bulgaria (1900-1985). [Osnovni programni i metodologicheski problemi na prebroyavaniyata na naselenieto v Balgariya (1900-1985).] Naselenie, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1990. 3-15 pp. Sofia, Bulgaria. In Bul. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
The author reviews major methodological issues associated with census-taking in Bulgaria over the course of the twentieth century. Attention is given to the impact of changing socioeconomic conditions.
Correspondence: D. Balevski, Tsentralno Statistichesko Upravlenie, 2 P. Volov, Sofia, Bulgaria. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10737 Balevski, Dano. Principal problems in the organization of the census in Bulgaria from 1900 to 1985. [Osnovni organizatsionni problemi na prebroyavaniyata na naselenieto v Balgariya prez perioda 1900-1985 g.] Naselenie, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1990. 22-43 pp. Sofia, Bulgaria. In Bul. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
This is a history of the census in Bulgaria from 1900 to 1985. The emphasis is on how the 1897 census law and subsequent changes in legislation have affected the development of the census.
Correspondence: D. Balevski, Tsentralno Statistichesko Upravlenie, 2 P. Volov, Sofia, Bulgaria. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10738 Corona Vazquez, Rodolfo. Reliability of the preliminary results of the Eleventh Census of Population and Housing of 1990. [Confiabilidad de los resultados preliminares del XI Censo General de Poblacion y Vivienda de 1990.] Estudios Demograficos y Urbanos, Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan-Apr 1991. 33-68, 215-6 pp. Mexico City, Mexico. In Spa. with sum. in Eng.
The author assesses the reliability of the eleventh general population and housing census conducted in Mexico in March 1990. An undercount of as many as two million persons is estimated.
Correspondence: R. Corona Vazquez, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10739 Khoo, Siew-Ean. Consistency of ancestry reporting between parents and children in the 1986 census. Journal of the Australian Population Association, Vol. 8, No. 2, Nov 1991. 129-39 pp. Canberra, Australia. In Eng.
The author examines responses to a question on ancestry that was included in the 1986 census of Australia, with a focus on consistencies between the responses of parents and children. It is found that "the level of consistency was more than 90 per cent when both parents were of the same ancestry; when parents were of different or mixed ancestries, the level of consistency was lower. It was estimated that about 75 per cent of all dependent children had an ancestry response consistent with that of the parent or parents with whom they lived."
Correspondence: S.-E. Khoo, Bureau of Immigration Research, P.O. Box 25, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10740 Kovacevic, Miladin. The 1991 census of population, households, dwellings and agricultural holdings. Yugoslav Survey, Vol. 32, No. 1, 1991. 27-32 pp. Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In Eng.
The author describes plans for holding the 1991 census in Yugoslavia and provides information on census content and methodology.
Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

58:10741 Mfoulou, Raphael; Ngwe, Emmanuel. Some thoughts on the development and implementation of a publication plan for results from a population census. [Elements de reflexion sur l'elaboration et la mise en oeuvre d'un plan de publication des resultats d'un recensement de population.] Annales de l'IFORD, Vol. 13, No. 2, Dec 1989. 11-36 pp. Yaounde, Cameroon. In Fre.
The authors assert that the main problem with the 1980 census round in Sub-Saharan Africa was a failure to adequately deliver census results. Their proposal to overcome this fault includes a strategy to plan and implement an effective program supporting the publication of census results. An example from the 1976 Cameroon census is provided.
Correspondence: R. Mfoulou, Institut de Formation et de Recherche Demographiques, B.P. 1556, Yaounde, Cameroon. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10742 Perkyns, Audrey. Birthplace accuracy in the censuses of six Kentish parishes 1851-81. Local Population Studies, No. 47, Autumn 1991. 39-55 pp. Matlock, England. In Eng.
The author analyzes historical census data for six parishes in England to assess the accuracy of information on place of birth. Birthplace data are cross-referenced both with baptismal records and within the census data. She finds that, after accounting for the population mobility found among servants and transients and for inconsistencies in place names, the percentage of errors in the data is relatively low.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10743 Schurer, K. The 1891 census and local population studies. Local Population Studies, No. 47, Autumn 1991. 16-29 pp. Matlock, England. In Eng.
The author describes the form and content of the enumerators' manuscripts from the 1891 census of England and Wales, which were recently made available to the public. Survey design, collection techniques, and some findings are discussed. The usefulness of these data for the historical study of local population trends is noted.
Correspondence: K. Schurer, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, 27 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10744 Sillitoe, K.; White, P. H. Ethnic group and the British census: the search for a question. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A: Statistics in Society, Vol. 155, No. 1, 1992. 141-63 pp. London, England. In Eng.
"The 1991 census contained, for the first time, a question on the ethnic group of each member of the population of Great Britain. This paper reports on how a question was developed which has a sufficiently high degree of acceptance from all the main ethnic groups, and which is answered sufficiently accurately, to justify inclusion in the census."
Correspondence: K. Sillitoe, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Social Survey Division, St. Catherine's House, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP, England. Location: Princeton University Library (PF).

58:10745 Skerry, Peter. The census wars. Public Interest, No. 106, Winter 1992. 17-31 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The author examines the merits of the decision by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce taken in July of 1991 not to adjust the results of the 1990 census for the estimated undercount. The extent of and the reasons for the undercount are considered first. The author then examines the limits of accuracy that are feasible in large-scale censuses of this kind. Finally, he discusses the political and fiscal implications of adjustment, with particular reference to the congressional representation of racial minorities.
Correspondence: P. Skerry, University of California, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, Washington Programs, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Location: Princeton University Library (SF).

58:10746 Taeuber, Karl. Census: encyclopedia entry. CDE Working Paper, No. 91-27, 1991. 14 pp. University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology: Madison, Wisconsin. In Eng.
The author describes census-taking and processing in this paper, which is included as an entry in the 1991 Encyclopedia of Sociology. A brief history of the census in the United States and current collection and dissemination procedures are outlined.
Correspondence: University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology, 4412 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1393. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10747 Wormald, Peter. The 1991 census--a cause for concern? Population Trends, No. 66, Winter 1991. 19-21 pp. London, England. In Eng.
This article discusses the question of the undercount, estimated at about one million, in the preliminary results released from the 1991 census of the United Kingdom. It "explains the causes and significance of this undercount,...goes on to consider the undercount in the context of the main census output that is now being prepared and explains how the final census counts will be adjusted to produce the official population estimates."
Correspondence: P. Wormald, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, St. Catherine's House, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP, England. 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 .

58:10748 Blanc, Ann K. Demographic and Health Surveys World Conference: executive summary. Dec 1991. 28 pp. Institute for Resource Development/Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys [DHS]: Columbia, Maryland. In Eng.
This report summarizes achievements of the Demographic Health Survey Program as presented to the conference held in Washington, D.C., August 5-7, 1991. It includes sections on demographic trends in the 1980s, components of demographic and health patterns, and policy issues for the 1990s. The geographical focus is on developing countries.
Correspondence: Institute for Resource Development/Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys, 8850 Stanford Boulevard, Suite 4000, Columbia, MD 21045. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10749 Centro de Estudios de Poblacion y Paternidad Responsable [CEPAR] (Quito, Ecuador). Ecuador: Demographic and Maternal and Child Health Survey, 1989 (ENDEMAIN-89). Summary information. [Ecuador: Encuesta Demografica y de Salud Materna e Infantil 1989 (ENDEMAIN-89). Informe resumido.] Aug 1991. 30 pp. Quito, Ecuador. In Spa.
This report presents summary results from the 1989 Demographic and Maternal and Child Health Survey of Ecuador concerning nuptiality, fertility, family planning, reproductive preferences, sex behavior, infant and child mortality, and maternal, child, and infant health.
For a related publication, also published in 1991, see elsewhere in this issue.
Correspondence: Centro de Estudios de Poblacion y Paternidad Responsable, Montes 423 y Daniel Hidalgo, Quito, Ecuador. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10750 Centro de Estudios de Poblacion y Paternidad Responsable [CEPAR] (Quito, Ecuador). Ecuador: Demographic and Maternal and Child Health Survey, 1989 (ENDEMAIN-89). Summary information on nuptiality and fertility. [Ecuador: Encuesta Demografica y de Salud Materna e Infantil 1989 (ENDEMAIN-89). Informe resumido sobre nupcialidad y fecundidad.] Aug 1991. 20 pp. Quito, Ecuador. In Spa.
This report presents summary data from the 1989 Demographic and Maternal and Child Health Survey of Ecuador concerning nuptiality and fertility. The survey included a nationally representative sample of 7,961 women aged 15-49.
For a related publication, also published in 1991, see elsewhere in this issue.
Correspondence: Centro de Estudios de Poblacion y Paternidad Responsable, Montes 423 y Daniel Hidalgo, Quito, Ecuador. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10751 Moreno, Lorenzo; Goldman, Noreen; Babakol, Ozer. Use of a monthly calendar for collecting retrospective data on contraception: an evaluation of the experimental field studies of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). [Uso de un calendario mensual para recolectar datos retrospectivos sobre anticoncepcion: una evaluacion de los estudios de terreno experimentales de las Encuestas Demograficas y de Salud (DHS).] Notas de Poblacion, Vol. 18-19, No. 51-52, Dec-Apr 1990-1991. 11-37 pp. Santiago, Chile. In Spa. with sum. in Eng.
The authors evaluate whether the inclusion in the questionnaires used in demographic and health surveys of a monthly calendar on which to record recent events such as pregnancies, contraceptive practice, and postpartum, marital, employment, and migration information improves the quality of data gathered on contraception. "The results from our evaluation suggest that the major advantages of the calendar over the more standard questionnaire are threefold: 1) it obtains more complete reports of use for periods prior to the survey; 2) it allows for a detailed study of contraceptive use patterns; and 3) it obtains information which is more internally consistent...." The experimental calendar was tested in Peru and the Dominican Republic in 1986.
Correspondence: L. Moreno, Mathematica Policy Research, P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10752 Population Council (New York, New York). Sudan 1989/1990: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 23, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1992. 66-70 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
These are summary results from the 1989-1990 Sudan Demographic and Health Survey. Statistics are provided in tabular format on fertility trends and preferences, contraceptive usage, marital status, postpartum variables, infant mortality and child survival, and disease prevention, prevalence, and treatment.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10753 Population Council (New York, New York). Zimbabwe 1988: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 22, No. 6, Nov-Dec 1991. 395-9 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
These are summary results from the 1988 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey, which covered 4,107 households and 4,201 women aged 15-49. Statistics concerning population characteristics, socioeconomic status of women, fertility, current contraceptive use, marital and contraceptive status, postpartum variables, infant mortality, disease prevention and treatment, and nutrition are provided in tabular format.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10754 Riandey, Benoit. Repertory of the demographic surveys conducted in metropolitan France. Population. English Selection, Vol. 2, 1990. 213-30 pp. Paris, France. In Eng.
The author "presents an overview of [demographic] surveys conducted during the last 20 years in France."
This is a translation of the French article published in 1989 and cited in 55:30775.
Correspondence: B. Riandey, Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques, 27 rue du Commandeur, 75675 Paris Cedex 14, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10755 Ulusoy, Mahir. Sampling errors for selected variables from the 1988 Turkish Population and Health Survey. Nufusbilim Dergisi/Turkish Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 13, 1991. 33-55 pp. Ankara, Turkey. In Eng. with sum. in Tur.
Sampling errors are calculated using data from the 1988 Turkish Population and Health Survey and are compared with those found in the 1978 survey. "In the study, design effect, rate of homogeneity and standard error values were calculated for basic demographic variables. They were all found to be at acceptable levels. These statistics were also compared and found to have lower values than the 1978 survey."
Correspondence: M. Ulusoy, Hacettepe University, Institute of Population Studies, Hacettepe Parki, Ankara, Turkey. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).


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