Volume 62 - Number 3 - Fall 1996

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.

62:30759 Gervais, Raymond R.; Marcoux, Richard. Saving Francophone Africa's statistical past. Collection de Tirés à Part, No. 344, [1994?]. [6] pp. Université de Montréal, Département de Démographie: Montreal, Canada. In Eng.
The authors describe a cooperative project between Canadian and African scholars to preserve and make available data from four surveys carried out in Africa during the French colonial period. The surveys were conducted in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger between 1960 and 1965.
Correspondence: Université de Montréal, Département de Démographie, C.P. 6128, Succursale A, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30760 Jackson, Graham; Lewis, Clive. Local government reorganisation in Scotland and Wales. Population Trends, No. 83, Spring 1996. 43-51 pp. London, England. In Eng.
"This article describes the new local authority structure that comes into effect in Scotland and Wales on 1 April 1996. The relationship between the new `unitary' authorities and other administrative areas is discussed briefly and some key demographic data are presented. References are given to other sources of statistical information."
Correspondence: G. Jackson, General Register Office, Ladywell House, Ladywell Road, Edinburgh EH12 7TF, Scotland. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30761 Prins, C. J. M. The use of the age concept in monthly population figures. [Het gebruik van "leeftijd" in demografische maandcijfers.] Maandstatistiek van de Bevolking, Vol. 44, No. 3, Mar 1996. 14-6 pp. Voorburg, Netherlands. In Dut. with sum. in Eng.
"In Dutch population statistics age is usually defined as the year in which a demographic event occurs minus the year of birth. This age concept is referred to as age on 31 December. As a consequence of determining age in this manner, interpreting age-specific monthly figures is sometimes difficult....Statistics Netherlands prefers the concept of age on 31 December for two reasons: it facilitates the linking of cohort and period data in the case of annual figures; using one concept for annual and monthly figures avoids consistency problems."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30762 Riandey, Benoît. Demography, statistics, and private life. [Démographie, statistique et vie privée.] Population, Vol. 51, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1996. 439-58 pp. Paris, France. In Fre.
The author discusses current issues regarding the collection of demographic data in the European Union. The article is a follow-up to presentations on the interplay between demography, statistics, and private life sponsored by EUROSTAT on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of INED. The first section covers the laws of various member states concerning statistics and privacy. The second section deals with gathering information on such sensitive subjects as sexuality, drug use, mental illness, ethnicity, poverty, and homelessness. The need to collect accurate data while protecting the individual's right to refuse to give information is discussed. The author hopes that the directive approved by the European Parliament in July 1995 will increase standardization and sharing of statistical information among member states while guaranteeing the protection of individual privacy; at the same time, differences in statistical practices are bound to remain.
Correspondence: B. Riandey, Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques, 27 rue du Commandeur, 75675 Paris Cedex 14, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30763 United States. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] (Hyattsville, Maryland). International health data reference guide, 1995. Pub. Order No. DHHS (PHS) 96-1007. Jun 1996. v, 140 pp. Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
"This seventh edition...provides information collected in mid-1995 on the availability of selected national vital, hospital, health manpower resources, and population-based health survey statistics. Information for the 44 nations included in this guide was obtained from the government and official agencies that are listed in the guide for further reference. The main purpose of the guide is to provide information not readily available in published form." The vital statistics data presented include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.
For a previous edition containing data for 1993, see 60:20748.
Correspondence: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Office of International Statistics, Room 888, 6525 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. 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.

62:30764 Andreev, E.; Scherbov, S.; Willekens, F. Sources of information on the population of Russia. Population Research Centre Demographic Reports, No. 19, 1995. 48, [25] pp. University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences: Groningen, Netherlands. In Eng.
"This report analyses major sources of data collection in Russia...[with a focus on] vital statistics....Current regulations that are in effect at different levels of hierarchy of data collections are discussed as well as possible sources of errors....Most of the forms to register demographic events in Russian statistical units are translated into English and presented in the appendix."
Correspondence: University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Centre, P.O. Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, Netherlands. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30765 Fundação Sistema Estadual de Análise de Dados [SEADE] (Sao Paulo, Brazil). To be born here: analysis of a new source of data on births. [Nascer aqui: análise de uma nova fonte de dados sobre os nascimentos.] Informe Demográfico, No. 29, 1995. viii, 300 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por.
A new source of data on births in Brazil is introduced and an analysis of the data presented. The data are compiled from a newly developed system involving declarations of live births in the state of Sao Paulo. Data are for the year 1993 and include information on age and educational status of mothers, type of delivery, and birth weight.
Correspondence: Fundação Sistema Estadual de Análise de Dados, Avenida Cásper Líbero 464, Caixa Postal 8223, 01033 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30766 Higgs, Edward. A cuckoo in the nest? The origins of civil registration and state medical statistics in England and Wales. Continuity and Change, Vol. 11, No. 1, May 1996. 115-34 pp. Cambridge, England. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Ger.
"The history of the establishment of civil registration and of the General Register Office in England and Wales under the 1836 Registration Act has tended to be written in terms of religion and medical science. This article argues, however, that it is more helpful to see these developments primarily in terms of the registering of property rights, and that early-nineteenth-century debates with respect to welfare provision for the poor also played a crucial role. This explains some important features of the demographic and medical data published in the Annual Reports of the Registrar General."
Correspondence: E. Higgs, University of Oxford, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30767 Jamison, Ellen; Baum, Samuel. Civil registration and vital statistics: a collection of papers. Apr 1996. vii, 237 pp. International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS]: Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
"This collection of papers is being published in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics (IIVRS). Most of these reports are part of the IIVRS publication series known as the Technical Papers describing national registration and vital statistics systems, discussing methods for improving registration of births and deaths, and presenting methodological problems." The geographical scope of the volume is worldwide.
Correspondence: International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3998. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30768 Laourou, Martin H. A new approach for evaluating the coverage rate of deaths. [Une nouvelle approche pour l'évaluation de la couverture des décès.] Cahiers Québécois de Démographie, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 1995. 129-62 pp. Montreal, Canada. In Fre. with sum. in Eng; Spa.
"Most methods for evaluating the coverage rate of deaths in countries where statistics are deficient rely not only on a hypothesis of stable population growth, but also on constancy of age-specific death registration rates. However, on the one hand, the hypothesis of population stability is not really necessary, but can readily be replaced by one of Malthusian population. On the other, the quality of estimates is obviously affected by the adequacy of the hypotheses behind the methods from which they are derived. Thus a new methodological approach is proposed, based on the principle that a population in transition can be considered as a set of Malthusian populations, each one corresponding to a given age group. This new approach enables estimates of death registration rates by age." The method is applied to data for selected African countries.
Correspondence: M. H. Laourou, Institut National de la Statistique et de l'Analyse Economique, Cotonou, Benin. 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.

62:30769 Canada. Statistics Canada (Ottawa, Canada). Mobility and migration. 1991 Census Technical Reports: Reference Product Series, Pub. Order No. 92-326E. ISBN 0-660-14259-7. Feb 1995. 103 pp. Ottawa, Canada. In Eng.
This is one in a series of technical reports from the 1991 Canadian census. These reports present detailed information on specific population characteristics and describe how the data are collected. This report, which is also available in French, examines the data on migration. The emphasis is on internal migration and residential mobility.
Correspondence: Statistics Canada, Publication Sales, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6, Canada. Location: University of Texas, Population Research Center Library, Austin, TX. Source: APLIC Census Network List, No. 156, May 1995.

62:30770 Cecco, Kevin. Characteristics of responding and nonresponding households from the 1990 decennial census. In: American Statistical Association, 1994 Proceedings of the Government Statistics Section. [1994?]. 76-81 pp. American Statistical Association [ASA]: Alexandria, Virginia. In Eng.
"The goal of this paper is to ascertain whether characteristics of householders who mailed in their 1990 [U.S.] Census questionnaires differed from householders who did not respond by mail." The results suggest that "if we analyze the data at small geographic areas, we find little difference in characteristics of responding and nonresponding households."
Correspondence: K. Cecco, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

62:30771 Dyson, Tim. On the demography of the 1991 census. In: Demography, economy and welfare, edited by Christer Lundh. 1995. 379-95 pp. Lund University Press: Lund, Sweden; Chartwell-Bratt: Bromley, England. In Eng.
"Publication of the provisional results of the 1991 census of India...has occasioned the usual very considerable degree of interest and debate....The present paper approaches the provisional 1991 census results from something of an historical perspective....We argue both that it is unlikely that India's rate of population growth has materially declined and that there has probably not been any deterioration in the relative mortality experienced by females. The paper is divided into three [parts]. First the all-India statistics are considered, followed by those of the main states. Then, in the final section, we briefly summarize our principal conclusions."
Correspondence: T. Dyson, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Population Studies, Houghton Street, Aldwych, London WC2A 2AE, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30772 Ragains, Patrick. Promoting U.S. census data in an academic environment: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Government Information, Vol. 22, No. 4, Jul-Aug 1995. 321-35 pp. Tarrytown, New York/Oxford, England. In Eng.
"The library at Montana State University, Bozeman...has undertaken structured efforts to promote wider use of census data [in CD-ROM format] among the university community. Several workshops and instructional sessions are described...[and] handouts for some sessions are included. These...activities are described in the context of budgetary and service issues faced by libraries providing access to census data in electronic formats....The success of these efforts is assessed, and libraries' response to new expectations for service is also discussed."
Correspondence: P. Ragains, Montana State University Library, Bozeman, MT 59717. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

62:30773 Van Hook, Jennifer V. W.; Bean, Frank D.; Glick, Jennifer E. The development and assessment of census-based measures of AFDC and SSI recipiency. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1996. 1-23 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng.
Problems concerning the use of census data to estimate levels of welfare recipiency in the United States are explored, with particular reference to Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). "This paper develops and presents a procedure to estimate AFDC and SSI receipt based on the correspondence between the recipient's characteristics and the eligibility criteria for these programs. The research also assesses the accuracy of estimates of the number of persons receiving any kind of cash public assistance (the presently available measure), as well as the number receiving AFDC and SSI (the new measures presented here). The results indicate that census data provide very satisfactory assessments of levels of SSI usage and assessments of levels of AFDC usage that are adequate for some analytic purposes."
Correspondence: J. V. W. Van Hook, University of Texas, Population Research Center, Main 1800, Austin, TX 78712-1088. Location: Princeton University Library (SF).

62:30774 Weintrop, Jane. Providing access to the 1990 U.S. census maps. Journal of Government Information, Vol. 22, No. 4, Jul-Aug 1995. 297-309 pp. Tarrytown, New York/Oxford, England. In Eng.
"The U.S. Bureau of the Census has published on CD-ROM format data for the smallest geographic reporting levels....Providing access to the maps that define the reporting areas used by the Bureau within a county is one aspect of service that is unique to census files STF1A, STF1B, and STF3A. The paper illustrates the way these reporting levels are defined in the Tract/BNA Maps and Block Maps. The steps taken by one library to develop a link between a geographic area of interest to a patron and the areas defined on these maps are described. These steps include preserving and housing the maps in a way that makes them easy to use and preparing an index to the information contained on the maps using dBASE software and information taken from STF1A using Extract software."
Correspondence: J. Weintrop, State University of New York, University Libraries, Business and Government Department, Lockwood Memorial Library, Box 602200, Buffalo, NY 14260-2200. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

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 .

62:30775 Azelmat, Mustapha; Ayad, Mohamed; Housni, El Arbi. Panel Survey on Population and Health (EPPS), 1995. [Enquête de Panel sur la Population et la Santé (EPPS), 1995.] Jan 1996. xxii, 201 pp. Ministère de la Santé Publique, Direction de la Planification et des Ressources Financières, Service des Etudes et de l'Information Sanitaire: Rabat, Morocco; Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys [DHS]: Calverton, Maryland. In Fre.
This is a report from a survey undertaken in Morocco in 1995 as part of the DHS program. The survey included a sample of 2,917 households, from which 4,753 women aged 15 to 49 were interviewed. The sample was drawn from those included in the 1992 Demographic and Health Survey. In addition to updating information on fertility and its determinants, maternal and child health, and infant mortality, this panel survey permits the comparison of individual behavior between the two surveys of 1992 and 1995. This allows for a more detailed analysis of changes in behavior concerning reproduction and family health. There are chapters on survey methodology, fertility, family planning, nuptiality and exposure to the risk of pregnancy, fertility preferences, maternal and child health, breast-feeding, infant and child mortality, and household expenditures.
Correspondence: Ministère de la Santé Publique, Direction de la Planification et des Ressources Financières, Service des Etudes et de l'Information Sanitaire, Avenue de Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30776 Gage, Anastasia J. An assessment of the quality of data on age at first union, first birth, and first sexual intercourse for Phase II of the Demographic and Health Surveys program. DHS Occasional Paper, No. 4, Jun 1995. ix, 49 pp. Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys [DHS]: Calverton, Maryland. In Eng.
"The purpose of this report is to evaluate the date of first union and first birth, and age at first sexual intercourse for data that were collected during the second phase of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program and for which individual recode files were available as of April 1994....The quality of data on timing of first union and first birth is evaluated by examining (1) the completeness of information on the date of the event, (2) several types of date misreporting, including age heaping and (3) internal checks of consistency. Where possible, DHS-II data are compared with data from the WFS and DHS-I surveys." The geographical focus is on developing countries.
Correspondence: Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys, 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300, Calverton, MD 20705-3119. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30777 Horstman, Ronald G.; Tsetsgee, Puntsag; Huisman, Corina C.; Nieborg, Jolanda; Solongo, A.; Bolormaa, Ts.; Gankhuyag, D.; Pandey, R. N. Mongolia Demographic Survey, 1994: main report. Jan 1996. xxiv, 107, [19] pp. Mongolian National University, Population Teaching and Research Center: Ulan Bator, Mongolia. In Eng.
Results are presented from a survey carried out in Mongolia in 1994. The survey was developed along the lines of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), although several modules were omitted and the sample size reduced in order to cut costs. It involved a multi-stage stratified, clustered, and random sample of 1,763 households, from which 2,030 women and 1,026 men aged 15-49 were interviewed. Following introductory chapters on survey methodology, there are chapters on infant and child mortality, fertility, the proximate determinants of fertility, fertility preferences, and knowledge and use of family planning.
Correspondence: Mongolian National University, Population Teaching and Research Center, c/o UNDP, P.O. Box 49/207, Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30778 Li, Rose M.; Newcomer, Susan F. The exclusion of never-married women from Chinese fertility surveys. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 27, No. 3, May-Jun 1996. 148-54 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"Never-married women have been regularly excluded in official national surveys of fertility in China, even in light of evidence of increasing premarital sexual activity. Likewise, never-married women in the United States were consistently excluded from national fertility surveys prior to 1982 because of the perceived sensitivity of questions about contraceptive use and sexual activities. Data on sexual and fertility behavior from all women of reproductive age, regardless of marital status, can provide direct measures of sexual activity and unintended pregnancies, as well as facilitate modeling of social networks underlying the sexual transmission of diseases. China's need for such information, however sensitive, will become more difficult to ignore given increasing pressures to attend to the health needs of their never-married but sexually active population."
Correspondence: R. M. Li, U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Center for Population Research, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B13, Bethesda, MD 20892. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30779 Moors, Hein; van Leusden, Hans; van den Brekel, Hans. Opinions and attitudes concerning aspects of the population issue, 1983-1994: the main results and conclusions. [Meningen en opvattingen over aspecten van het bevolkingsvraagstuk 1983-1994: de belangrijkste resultaten en conclusies.] NIDI Rapport, No. 46, ISBN 90-70990-61-X. 1996. 72 pp. Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut [NIDI]: The Hague, Netherlands. In Dut. with sum. in Eng.
"The study reports on the results of a mail survey among the Dutch population in the age range 20-79 years old carried out in 1994. It was the fourth in a series of comparable surveys on opinions and attitudes on aspects of the population issue....The survey mainly focuses on the relationship between individual behaviour and government policy, in particular policies related to family and work arrangements. Topics dealt with include child allowances, maternity leave, child-care facilities and part-time work arrangements. Attention is given also to attitudes and opinions with respect to specific population categories such as elderly people and migrants, including policy aspects....The results confirm the trend indicated by the previous surveys that young couples as well as parents express increasing need for government support be it in different forms depending on the phase of family formation. At the same time, favourable policies for special groups in society receive less and less support from those who are not benefitting from these themselves."
Correspondence: Nederlands Interdisciplinair Demografisch Instituut, Postbus 11650, 2502 AR The Hague, Netherlands. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30780 Ndamobissi, Robert; Mboup, Gora; Nguélébé, Edwige O. Demographic and Health Survey, Central African Republic, 1994-1995. [Enquête Démographique et de Santé, République Centrafricaine, 1994-95.] Dec 1995. xxvi, 337 pp. Ministère de l'Economie, du Plan et de la Coopération Internationale, Division des Statistiques et des Etudes Economiques: Bangui, Central African Republic; Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys [DHS]: Calverton, Maryland. In Fre.
This report presents the main results from the first Demographic and Health Survey undertaken in the Central African Republic in 1994-1995. The survey involved 5,884 women aged 15-49 and 1,729 men aged 15-59. Following introductory chapters on survey methodology, there are chapters on fertility and sterility, family planning, nuptiality and exposure to the risk of pregnancy, fertility preferences, mortality of children under five, causes of death among children, maternal mortality, maternal and child health, breast-feeding and the nutritional status of mothers and children, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, female circumcision, and availability of community services.
Correspondence: Macro International, Demographic and Health Surveys, 11785 Beltsville Drive, Calverton, MD 20705-3119. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30781 Population Council (New York, New York). Bolivia 1994: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 27, No. 3, May-Jun 1996. 172-6 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
These are summary results from the 1994 Bolivia National Demographic and Health Survey, which covered 9,114 households and 8,603 women aged 15-49. Tabular data are provided on population characteristics, fertility, fertility preferences, current contraceptive use, marital and contraceptive status, postpartum variables, infant mortality, disease prevention and treatment, and nutrition.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:30782 Population Council (New York, New York). Indonesia 1994: results from the Demographic and Health Survey. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 27, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1996. 119-23 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
These are summary results from the 1994 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey, which covered 33,738 households and 28,168 women aged 15-49. Tabular data are provided on population characteristics, fertility, current contraceptive use, marital and contraceptive status, postpartum variables, infant mortality, and disease prevention and treatment.
Correspondence: Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).


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