Volume 52 - Number 1 - Spring 1986

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.

52:10725 Anderson, Barbara A.; Silver, Brian D. "Permanent" and "present" populations in Soviet statistics. Soviet Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, Jul 1985. 386-402 pp. Glasgow, Scotland. In Eng.
"This paper has three aims: (1) to describe the definitions and assumptions underlying the notions of population employed in the Soviet censuses of 1959, 1970, and 1979; (2) to identify which population concept (present or permanent) is used in the census tabulations of the main population characteristics (age, sex, nationality, region, marital status, and so forth); and (3) to identify which population concept is used in non-census statistics as well as some of the implications of the choice between the permanent and the present population concepts in Soviet non-census statistics."
Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

52:10726 Botha, J. L.; Bradshaw, D. African vital statistics--a black hole? South African Medical Journal/Suid-Afrikaanse Mediese Tydskrif, Vol. 67, No. 24, Jun 15, 1985. 977-81 pp. Pinelands, South Africa. In Eng.
Disease patterns among South African blacks are analyzed using data on registered deaths collected since 1978. The patterns of cause-specific mortality resemble those of a typical developing country. The focus of the study is on the quality of the data, particularly on the extent of under-registration and misclassification. The need to improve the data in the country as a whole as well as in the national states is stressed.
Location: New York Academy of Medicine.

52:10727 Bouvier-Colle, Marie-Helene. Availability of information on morbidity: statistics regularly compiled in Council of Europe member states. Differential morbidity. Council of Europe Population Studies, No. 10, ISBN 92-871- 0346-1. 1984. 45 pp. Council of Europe: Strasbourg, France. In Eng.
"The purpose of this report is to provide the most comprehensive survey possible of morbidity statistics published regularly in Council of Europe member states. To be included, they had to be indisputably comprehensive or representative at national level and concern serious or disabling diseases placing a heavy burden on the health systems of the countries concerned or life- threatening diseases."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10728 Fingerhut, Lois A.; Kleinman, Joel C. Comparability of reporting between the birth certificate and the 1980 National Natality Survey. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 2: Data Evaluation and Methods Research, No. 99, Pub. Order No. DHHS (PHS) 86-1373. ISBN 0-8406-0325-8. LC 85-600196. Nov 1985. iv, 34 pp. U.S. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS]: Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
The purpose of this report is to compare natality data from the 1980 National Natality Survey of the United States with data from birth certificates. Topics covered include demographic variables, pregnancy history, prenatal care, and measures of pregnancy outcome.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10729 Kingkade, W. Ward. Evaluation of selected Soviet population statistics. CIR Staff Paper, No. 9, Nov 1985. iii, 42 pp. U.S. Bureau of the Census, Center for International Research, Soviet Social Studies Branch: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The author first notes that the limited publication of results from the 1979 census of the USSR does not include the basic data on age composition essential for demographic analysis. An evaluation of unofficial Soviet age distributions presented in a recent article by Murray Feshbach is attempted. These distributions are compared with distributions from previous Soviet censuses and vital statistics. The results indicate that Feshbach's age distributions for 1979 are compatible with the evidence from earlier official sources. These 1979 estimates are used to analyze recent trends in mortality and completeness of birth registration. Consideration is also given to the quality of available Soviet data.
For the article by Feshbach, published in 1985, see elsewhere in this issue.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10730 Kish, Leslie. Sample surveys versus experiments, controlled observations, censuses, registers, and local studies. Australian Journal of Statistics, Vol. 27, No. 2, Aug 1985. 111- 22 pp. Canberra, Australia. In Eng.
The relative merits and drawbacks of data obtained from the following sources are compared: sample surveys, experimental projects, controlled observations, censuses, registers, and local studies. The importance of representation as the criterion for comparing the value of the data obtained by the various methods is stressed.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10731 Malacic, Janez. The present situation of demographic statistics in Yugoslavia. [Sadasnji trenutak demografske statistike u Jugoslaviji.] Statisticka Revija, Vol. 23, No. 3-4, 1983. 148-53 pp. Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In Scr. with sum. in Eng.
The present situation concerning population statistics in Yugoslavia is reviewed. The author notes that although a well-developed statistical system is in place, the statistical situation has deteriorated in recent years. The major problem is identified as delay in publication of data. It is noted that published results from the 1981 census are still by and large unavailable and that vital statistics publications are out of date. The situation at the republic or local level is slightly better, but the author stresses the need for improvements at the national or federal level, particularly if realistic population policies are to be developed.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10732 McMillen, David B.; Herriot, Roger. Toward a longitudinal definition of households. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Vol. 13, No. 3-4, Dec 1985. 349-60 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"This paper reviews and extends work of staff of the [U.S.] Census Bureau and the Income Survey Development Program (ISDP) of the Social Security Administration....Both groups have attempted to develop a longitudinal household definition. Several proposed definitions are presented and the shortcomings of each are discussed." The authors conclude that "a definition that takes the traditional Current Population Survey (CPS) definitions of families and households and adds a temporal dimension to them best fits the conceptual needs of the policy and research communities."
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.

52:10733 Bidegain, Gabriel; Lopez, Diego. An evaluation of the coverage of death registration in Venezuela. [Evaluacion de la cobertura del registro de las defunciones en Venezuela.] Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales Documento de Trabajo, No. 19, Nov 1985. 52 pp. Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales: Caracas, Venezuela. In Spa.
The coverage of death registration in Venezuela is assessed using data from the 1950, 1961, 1971, and 1981 censuses; information from the yearbooks of the Ministry of Health and the Central Statistical Office; and information on life expectancy and crude rates of birth, death, and natural increase. The data are analyzed according to seven different techniques for indirect estimation. Completeness of the coverage is evaluated, and the methods used to collect data are compared.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10734 el-Shalakani, Mostafa. Estimating the completeness of births and deaths registration in Egypt through dual record systems. Genus, Vol. 41, No. 1-2, Jan- Jun 1985. 119-32 pp. Rome, Italy. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Ita.
"An estimate of the extent of under-registration of births and deaths under the Vital Registration System in Egypt has been made through the application of Chandrasekar-Deming technique." Data are from a nationwide sample survey, which was conducted in 1974-1975, and from registration records for those years. Differences in the quality of data according to urban or rural area and sex are discussed.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10735 Hungary. Kozponti Statisztikai Hivatal. Nepessegtudomanyi Kutato Intezet (Budapest, Hungary). The development of vital statistics in Hungary. Part 1. The development of official vital statistics from the establishment of the statistical service to the decree of civil registration, 1867- 1894. [A nepmozgalmi statisztika fejlodese Magyarorszagon. I. A hivatalos nepmozgalmi statisztika fejlodese Magyarorszagon a statisztikai szolgalat megalakulasatol a polgari anyakonyvezes elrendeleseig (1867-1894).] 1985. 127 pp. Budapest, Hungary. In Hun. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
This is the first in a planned series dealing with the history of vital statistics in Hungary. This part of the study is concerned with the period from the establishment of the statistical service in 1867 to the decree on civil registration adopted in 1894. During this period, data collection was based on parish registration.
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.

52:10736 Collazo Evora, Tomas. Concerning the development of the objectives of the 1981 population and housing census of the Republic of Cuba and the intercensal exploitation program, 1982-1990. [Sobre el desarrollo de los objetivos del censo de poblacion y viviendas de la Republica de Cuba en 1981 y el programa de explotacion intercensal, 1982-1990.] Revista Estadistica, Vol. 7, No. 14, Dec 1984. 89-113, 121, 127 pp. Havana, Cuba. In Spa. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
The results of an evaluation of the 1981 census of Cuba are presented, together with recommendations for future censuses. The program for using census data in the intercensal period is outlined. Other official publications, including demographic analyses and projections of the State Committee for Statistics' Institute of Demography, are also summarized.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10737 Dupaquier, Jacques; Dupaquier, Michel. History of censuses. [Histoire des recensements.] Revue Francaise d'Administration Publique, No. 36, Oct-Dec 1985. 555-69 pp. Paris, France. In Fre.
The authors review the history of census-taking from earliest times to the present. The geographic focus is worldwide, with particular reference to developments in France.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10738 Lopez Chavez, M. Guadalupe. A methodology for evaluating information from the population and housing census of 1980. [Metodologia para la critica de la informacion del censo de poblacion y vivienda de 1980.] Revista de Estadistica y Geografia, Vol. 3, No. 10, 1982. 9-16 pp. Mexico City, Mexico. In Spa.
This is a critique of the quality of data from the 1980 census of Mexico. The various kinds of errors that can arise are first described. The quality of data is then considered separately for housing, households, and individuals.
Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

52:10739 Mauritius. Central Statistical Office (Rose Hill, Mauritius). 1983 housing and population census of Mauritius. Vol. I. Methodological report. Oct 1984. 76 pp. Rose Hill, Mauritius. In Eng.
This methodological report from the 1983 census of Mauritius describes how the census was organized and conducted.
Location: Boston University, African Studies Library. Source: APLIC Census Network List, No. 55-56, Nov-Dec 1985.

52:10740 Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes: 1900-1940. ISBN 0- 89774-164-1. LC 85-11412. 1985. 274 pp. Oryx Press: Phoenix, Arizona. In Eng.
This book completes an effort to identify the population information in all U.S. decennial census reports from 1790 to 1940. Separate chapters are included on each decennial census from 1900 to 1940. This work is based on the catalog of U.S. censuses developed by Henry J. Dubester and is designed to supplement and expand the information contained in the catalog.
For a related volume on nineteenth century censuses, published in 1983, see 50:20752.
Location: New York Public Library.

52:10741 United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. Subcommittee on Census and Population (Washington, D.C.). The 1985 pretest census: hearing, June 26, 1984 (98th Congress, 2nd session). Serial, No. 98-48, 1984. iii, 29 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The proceedings of a House Subcommittee on Census and Population hearing concerning the 1985 Census Pretest and the Census Awareness and Accountability Act of 1984 are presented. The census pretests were scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida, and Jersey City, New Jersey. Details are presented concerning the objectives of the Bureau of the Census in conducting the pretest; comments from a representative of the General Accounting Office responsible for audits at the Bureau are also included.
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 .

52:10742 Cameroon. Direction de la Statistique et de la Comptabilite Nationale (Yaounde, Cameroon). National Fertility Survey of Cameroon, 1978. Supplement to the main report: sampling scheme and weighting factors. [Enquete Nationale sur la Fecondite du Cameroun, 1978. Supplement au rapport principal: plan de sondage et ponderations.] LC 85-180046. [1983]. 39 pp. Yaounde, Cameroon. In Fre.
This report is a supplement to the main report from the national fertility survey of Cameroon, carried out in 1978 as part of the World Fertility Survey. The supplement gives information concerning the sampling scheme followed in the survey and the weighting procedures employed in adjusting the data.
For the main report from this survey, published in 1983, see 49:40211.
Location: U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

52:10743 DaVanzo, Julie. Measuring community variables for household health and demographic surveys in developing countries. Rand Paper, No. P-7099, May 1985. 7 pp. Rand Corporation: Santa Monica, California. In Eng.
The intent of this paper is to emphasize the significance of collecting community-level data in demographic and health surveys conducted in developing countries. Important information may be obtained at the community level concerning health and family planning programs, food supply, labor markets, schools, modern conveniences and sanitation, transportation, environmental conditions, and communications. According to the author, "community data are particularly valuable for policy purposes because they provide information on factors affecting health and survival that are often directly manipulable by policies and programs."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10744 Germany, Federal Republic of. Bundesinstitut fur Bevolkerungsforschung (Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of). Family formation in the Federal Republic of Germany: design and execution of the panel study of the Federal Institute for Demographic Research. [Familienbildung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Anlage und Durchfuhrung der Panelstudie des Bundesinstituts fur Bevolkerungsforschung.] Materialien zur Bevolkerungswissenschaft, No. 45, 1985. 36, [211] pp. Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The aim of this publication is to describe the methodology used in a panel study of family formation in the Federal Republic of Germany. The study, which was carried out between 1975 and 1984 by the Federal Institute for Demographic Research, involved five rounds of interviews as well as three supplementary surveys. Two cross-sectional surveys of different samples were also conducted for comparative purposes. The focus was on the factors influencing desired and actual family size.
The original sample for the panel study included about 4,000 married German women who were born after 1945 and were still in first marriages; later interview rounds covered smaller samples. An extensive appendix contains the questionnaires used in each part of the study.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10745 Haaga, John G. The accuracy of retrospective data from the Malaysian Family Life Survey. Rand Note, No. N-2157-AID, Jan 1986. xi, 61 pp. Rand Corporation: Santa Monica, California. In Eng.
The author investigates the accuracy of retrospective life history data from the Malaysian Family Life Survey, conducted in 1976-1977. "The quality of data on a number of topics--fertility, contraceptive use, infant and fetal mortality, breastfeeding, education--were studied, using comparisons with external sources of information, checks of the reliability of answers to a few questions asked more than once, and checks of internal consistency and plausibility of patterns in the data. The types of error investigated include omission or overreporting of events, and misreporting of the timing of events or the duration of intervals between events."
Factors contributing to differences in the quality of reporting are noted, and ways to reduce error are suggested.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10746 Haber, Sheldon E. A perspective on linking SIPP to administrative and statistical records. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Vol. 13, No. 3-4, Dec 1985. 331-40 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"This paper examines ways in which the new [U.S.] Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) can be improved at reasonable cost by augmenting it with administrative and statistical records. One reason for linking SIPP and other data sets is to assess the quality of SIPP and to improve imputation algorithms for missing data....Administrative and statistical data sets maintained by federal and state agencies as well as the Bureau of the Census are identified and examples given of the benefits to be gained from linking them to SIPP. The problem of maintaining the confidentiality of the data in a linked file and ways of making the data available to the research community are also discussed."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10747 International Statistical Institute [ISI] (Voorburg, Netherlands); World Fertility Survey [WFS] (Voorburg, Netherlands). Software user's manual. WFS Basic Documentation, No. 12, Dec 1984. 269 pp. Voorburg, Netherlands. In Eng.
In administering the World Fertility Survey, a variety of software for survey data processing was developed and distributed. "The present document, the last of the WFS Basic Documentation series, describes this software, specifying input and output files, command language used, restrictions, error messages, sample jobs run and other details for seventeen major programs developed between 1977 and 1983. In addition, separate manuals are available on a widely used program for estimation of sampling variances (CLUSTERS), and on the extensive subroutines library not described here."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10748 Kalton, Graham; Lepkowski, James. Following rules in SIPP. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Vol. 13, No. 3-4, Dec 1985. 319-29 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
The authors review the "following rules", which are used to define the units at each wave of data collection in the U.S. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These rules are examined in relation to the SIPP objectives and compared with the rules of other panel surveys.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10749 Lucas, David; Kane, Penny. Asking demographic questions. Demography Teaching Notes, No. 5, ISBN 0- 86784-577-5. 1985. vii, 220 pp. Australian National University, National Centre for Development Studies: Canberra, Australia. In Eng.
This collection of papers, which is intended for use by graduate students in demography, focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of asking questions in various forms in an interview schedule or questionnaire. The primary geographic focus is on developing countries. Individual chapters by different authors are devoted to topics such as household identification, personal names, sex and gender, age, nuptiality, fertility, mortality, birth intervals, breast-feeding, current use of contraception, reasons for migration, internal migration, education and literacy, occupation, and ethnicity.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10750 Nag, Prithvish. Census mapping survey. LC 84-902653. 1984. xxiii, 299 pp. Concept Publishing: New Delhi, India. In Eng; Fre.
This collection of essays by various authors is concerned with census mapping around the world. The papers, except for one in French, are in English. The book is the result of a survey carried out under the joint auspices of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Population Geography and the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Census Mapping. The focus of the collection is on progress in mapping during the 1980 census round. Following an introductory chapter, reports are included on 21 countries, representing approximately 43 percent of the world's population. A retrospective or summary chapter is also included.
Countries included are Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, the Federal Republic of Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Topics covered include the use of census districts for mapping population, the use of automation to produce maps, the importance of post-censal mapping, and the use of census maps as tools by planners.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10751 O'Muircheartaigh, C. A. The magnitude and pattern of response variance in the Lesotho Fertility Survey. WFS Scientific Reports, No. 70, Dec 1984. 43 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
This is the third in a series of six reports in a project designed to evaluate response error in World Fertility Survey data and the implications for analysis of the data. Earlier reports present the background, objectives, and methodology of the country studies. In the current report, the results of the Lesotho survey are examined through a reinterview process and calculation of the total variance of the estimator.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10752 Rizgalla, M. Evaluation of the Sudan Fertility Survey 1978-79. WFS Scientific Reports, No. 72, Jul 1985. 43 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
The quality of the demographic data collected in the 1978-1979 Sudan Fertility Survey, which was conducted as part of the World Fertility Survey, is assessed. Errors in age reporting and misdating of vital events in marriage and birth histories are found, and their affects on both period trends and levels of fertility and mortality are noted. The authors conclude that "the quality of the data is relatively good, and with suitable demographic and statistical techniques can provide reasonable estimates of demographic patterns and trends in the Sudan."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10753 Santow, Gigi; Bioumla, A. An evaluation of the Cameroon Fertility Survey 1978. WFS Scientific Reports, No. 64, Dec 1984. 46 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
The quality of data reporting in the 1978 Cameroon Fertility Survey, which was conducted as part of the World Fertility Survey, is evaluated. After adjusting for poor age reporting and underreporting of first marriages and fetal wastage, the authors find the data for women under 45 years of age in areas other than the north to be reasonably reliable. Among the demographic trends noted are an overall rise in fertility due to a decline in primary sterility and a decrease in infant and child mortality. Regional diversity in these rates is highlighted by lower fertility and higher mortality rates in the northern areas and by a substantial variation in levels of primary and secondary sterility.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:10754 Waksberg, Joseph; Northrup, Doris R. Integration of sample design for the National Survey of Family Growth, Cycle IV, with the National Health Interview Survey. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 2: Data Evaluation and Methods Research, No. 96, Pub. Order No. DHHS (PHS) 86-1370. ISBN 0-8406-0311-8. LC 84-600398. Dec 1985. vi, 38 pp. U.S. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS]: Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
"Research was undertaken to develop alternative methods of selecting a sample of eligible women for the [U.S.] National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). This report presents estimates of the effects of alternative design options, obtained by statistical modeling techniques, for linking the NSFG with the NHIS. The estimated survey costs, lengths of data collection period, and projected response rates for alternative linked design options and for the unlinked design are compared for fixed precision. The findings indicate that substantial gains in the NSFG design efficiency could be realized if particular linked design options are adopted to replace the independent design."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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