Volume 53 - Number 1 - Spring 1987

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.

53:10797 Ayiomamitis, Anthony. A computer algorithm for the assessment of age reporting bias in censal population estimates using Myers' "blended" method. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Vol. 21, No. 2, Nov 1985. 107-11 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng.
"A population's age structure is widely used in the computation of many vital statistics. The importance of highly accurate vital statistics cannot be overemphasized--such statistics are used extensively by governments to determine the proper allocation of health resources and services, and by demographers, sociologists and epidemiologists to study secular trends. A computer program has been developed for use on an Apple II+ microcomputer for the analysis of population age profiles and determination of age reporting bias."
Location: U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.

53:10798 Dahmann, Donald C. Population and migration trends: data sources. Urban Geography, Vol. 7, No. 1, Jan-Mar 1986. 81-92 pp. Silver Spring, Maryland. In Eng.
This report reviews the major data sources available through the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the study of population and migration trends in the United States. Separate consideration is given to the census, current surveys, population estimates and projections, and other sources.
Location: Princeton University Library (UES).

53:10799 Gajanayake, Indra. An evaluation of birth statistics. Demographic Training and Research Unit Working Paper, No. 5, Jan 1987. 5, [8] pp. University of Colombo, Demographic Training and Research Unit: Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Eng.
The author examines the quality of birth registration in Sri Lanka, giving particular attention to the 1981 change to classification by place of residence and year of occurrence rather than place and year of registration. The impact of the previous method on earlier fertility research is discussed
Publisher's address: Editor, Working Papers, Demographic Training and Research Unit, University of Colombo, P.O. Box 1490, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10800 Kirtane, Leena S. Effective utilisation of community health guides in improving civil registration. Journal of Family Welfare, Vol. 32, No. 4, Jun 1986. 50-68 pp. Bombay, India. In Eng.
The author studies registration of births and deaths in India, with a focus on the potential usefulness of community health guides (CHGs) who record vital events. Using her 1982-1983 experience with the Vadu Rural Health Project, the author finds that "if CHGs are well trained and are given a procedure for registration and follow-up right from the pregnancy stage, they could be ideal notifiers, bringing about a direct improvement in the quality of civil registration."
Location: Population Council Library, New York, N.Y.

53:10801 Luxembourg. Service Central de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques [STATEC] (Luxembourg). The population of Luxembourg: a comparative analysis of the data from STATEC and from the General Population Register. [La population du Luxembourg: analyse comparee des chiffres du STATEC et du Repertoire general des personnes physiques.] Bulletin du STATEC, Vol. 32, No. 7, 1986. 206-9 pp. Luxembourg. In Fre.
Differences between the population statistics generated by STATEC and those from the General Population Register set up in 1984 are outlined. The data concern population by nationality, sex, and age; and the resident population by commune. Reasons for the differences noted are considered.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10802 Schwarz, Karl. Cohort or longitudinal analysis in official population statistics of the former German Reich and in the Federal Republic of Germany. [Die Kohorten- oder Langsschnittanalyse in der amtlichen Bevolkerungsstatistik des Deutschen Reichs und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.] Zeitschrift fur Bevolkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1986. 325-45 pp. Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger. with sum. in Eng; Fre.
The author refutes the allegation that cohort analyses are underutilized in the presentation of official population statistics in the Federal Republic of Germany. Examples from statistics of births, deaths, marriage and divorce, migration, and the labor force are offered in support of the author's claim. Attention is also given to longitudinal studies concerning the family life cycle.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10803 Stolnitz, George J. The Population Commission and demographic research: an overview. Population Bulletin of the United Nations, No. 19-20, 1987. 27-34 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"The author introduces eight papers on demographic research carried out under the direction of the [U.N.] Population Commission. He reviews the progress of the Population Division's work in making timely and useful estimates and projections of population. He describes the Division's comparative and interpretive efforts concerned with fertility and mortality levels and he discusses the work of the Division in the areas of age structure, urban analysis and internal migration....He concludes his overview by identifying some significant gaps in the research work of the Division."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10804 Terry, Geraldine B.; Hart, Shirley K. The role of demographic data in the operation of public policy: a case study of the Job Training Partnership Act. Population Research and Policy Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1986. 147-62 pp. Dordrecht, Netherlands. In Eng.
The use of demographic data in the planning and execution of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), established in the United States in 1983, is explored. The data include unemployment, poverty, occupational supply and demand, wage structure, and other kinds of data, some of which are only available through the decennial census and become progressively out of date.
The authors note that "the framers of the Act had little or no knowledge of the forms in which data are collected and thus definitions given in the Act do not always agree with definitions used in the demographic data which are available. The policymakers for future government benefit programs could learn from this mistake: before writing legislation which is so heavily dependent on demographic data, they should ascertain what types of data are available or can be generated for use in the program."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10805 United Kingdom. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys [OPCS] (London, England). Mortality statistics: comparison of 8th and 9th Revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), incorporating short list bridge-coding, 1978 (sample) for England and Wales. Series DH1, No. 10, ISBN 0-11-690983-8. 1983. iv, 110 pp. London, England. In Eng.
This report concerns an exercise performed on morbidity and mortality data for England and Wales to determine the impact of the changeover from the 8th to the 9th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases, which was implemented in 1979. This bridge-coding exercise was based on a 25 percent sample of the available data.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10806 United Nations. Secretariat (New York, New York). Forty years of population statistics at the United Nations. Population Bulletin of the United Nations, No. 19-20, 1987. 146-57 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
Forty years of population statistics at the United Nations are reviewed, including the publication of handbooks, manuals, and technical reports. Steps leading to the almost universal availability of the basic elements of demographic statistics are traced, while it is noted that accuracy, coverage, and comparability of demographic statistics are not yet fully satisfactory. The examination is divided into three sections: statistical concerns of the United Nations, 1945-1954; national programs of continuous demographic data collection, 1955-1974; and recent developments in demographic statistics, 1975-1985.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10807 United Nations. Secretariat (New York, New York). Urbanization and internal migration. Population Bulletin of the United Nations, No. 19-20, 1987. 70-81 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
This is a survey of the U.N. Population Division's contributions to the study of urbanization and internal migration, related research, and publications. In order to review these contributions, the relevant U.N. publications are classified under five broad topics: "estimates and projections of urban, rural and city populations, including problems of data comparability and methods to measure internal migration; monitoring of trends in urbanization; estimates and analyses of migration as a component of urban and metropolitan growth; studies of demographic and socio-economic aspects of urbanization, and studies of demographic and socio-economic aspects of internal migration."
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.

53:10808 Carmichael, Gordon A. Birth order in Australian vital statistics. Journal of the Australian Population Association, Vol. 3, No. 1, May 1986. 27-39 pp. North Sydney, Australia. In Eng.
The author examines factors contributing to the poor quality of Australian vital statistics on birth order. Among these are the lack of standardization of birth registration procedures, census respondents' reluctance to provide information concerning illegitimate births, and problems associated with differences in instructions to parents registering births. Instructions for Australian birth registration forms are suggested. The author stresses that "information needs to be gathered on previous issue in respect of all births registered, not just marital births; and it needs to be gathered in respect of all children born alive to the mother, not just those of the current marriage or relationship."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10809 International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS] (Bethesda, Maryland). Organization and status of civil registration and vital statistics in various countries of the world. IIVRS Technical Paper, No. 29, Dec 1986. i, 25 pp. Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
The results of a survey on the organization of civil registration and vital statistics around the world undertaken by the International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics (IIVRS) in 1984 are presented.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10810 International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS] (Bethesda, Maryland). Urgently needed reforms in civil registration in Asian countries. IIVRS Technical Paper, No. 28, Oct 1986. ii, 11 pp. Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
This is the report of a committee formed by the International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics (IIVRS) and the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to assist government officials in Asia in improving their civil registration and vital statistics systems. Attention is given to the uses of vital statistics, the structural organization of vital statistics systems in the region, obstacles to the improvement of these systems, and a strategy for improvement.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10811 Smolinski, Zbigniew. The impact of population age structure on vital rates. [Wplyw struktury wieku na poziom ruchu naturalnego ludnosci.] Wiadomosci Statystyczne, Vol. 31, No. 8, Aug 1986. 8-11 pp. Warsaw, Poland. In Pol.
The impact of the age structure of the population on international comparisons of vital statistics data is considered. The author attempts to recalculate vital rates for selected European countries using a common age distribution of the population.
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.

53:10812 Banister, Chris. Developing a census data-mapping package for Sirius. Computers and Geosciences, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1985. 301-3 pp. Elmsford, New York/Oxford, England. In Ger.
This paper describes the development of a census data-mapping package for the Sirius microcomputer. The major objective was to display data from the 1981 United Kingdom Census Small Area Statistics onto various map bases for use in published reports and for interactive comparisons among census variables.
Location: Princeton University Library (SG).

53:10813 Bean, Frank D.; de la Garza, Rodolfo O. Should illegal aliens be included in 1990 census counts? Texas Population Research Center Papers, Series 8: 1986, No. 8.019, 1986. 20 pp. University of Texas, Texas Population Research Center: Austin, Texas. In Eng.
"The primary purpose of this paper is to consider arguments about whether illegal aliens should be included in 1990 [U.S.] Census counts. A secondary purpose, if it is assumed that illegal aliens are to be included, is to consider what residence rules should be applied to this group in the case of the 1990 Census. We begin by examining the demographic, economic, and social contexts within which the question of including or excluding illegal aliens from census counts has arisen, especially in the case of the 1980 census....We then turn to an examination of the legal history of this issue." The authors offer their reasons for supporting the inclusion of illegal aliens in the census counts.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10814 Camm, J. C. R. Past populations of Australia: a review of the historical development of Australian colonial censuses, 1828-1901. Research Papers in Geography, No. 28, ISBN 0-7259-0500-X. LC 85-213368. 1984. iv, 65 pp. University of Newcastle, Department of Geography: Newcastle, Australia. In Eng.
"This paper attempts to bring together the history, development, and organization of the censuses in the six colonies [of Australia] from 1828 to 1901. After a brief outline of the early attempts to count people in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, it details the basic features of modern census-taking....The six colonial governments developed their own census-taking methods and before 1881 there was little uniformity in the way in which information was collected and tabulated. A series of conferences in the 1890s paved the way for greater standardization in the 1901 census. By this date, census-taking in Australia had reached a high standard."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10815 Domschke, Eliane; Goyer, Doreen S. The handbook of national population censuses: Africa and Asia. ISBN 0-313-25361-7. LC 85-31712. 1986. xiii, 1,032 pp. Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut/London, England. In Eng.
This is the second volume of a projected three-volume set that will document the definitions, concepts, trends, and contents of population censuses throughout the world. The present volume concerns Africa and Asia. It includes an introduction on the development of the modern population census and world population census programs as well as a general explanation of terms and definitions. The information is organized by continent and country. The information for each country includes a map of the country, a description of each known census taken, and a chart showing the topics covered in each census. Appendixes contain international population charts for countries, capitals, major cities, and metropolitan areas; and international topic charts, which provide an additional means for the user to identify which censuses include data on specific topics.
For a previous volume presenting information on the Americas and Oceania, published by Goyer and Domschke in 1983, see 49:20779.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10816 Luther, Norman Y.; Dhanasakdi, Neramit; Arnold, Fred. Consistent correction of census and vital registration data for Thailand, 1960-80. Papers of the East-West Population Institute, No. 103, ISBN 0-86638-089-2. LC 86-32807. Dec 1986. vii, 39 pp. East-West Center, Population Institute: Honolulu, Hawaii. In Eng.
"A new procedure for the simultaneous and consistent correction of two or more censuses and intercensal registered births and deaths is applied to Thailand's censuses of 1960, 1970, and 1980, and to registered births and deaths for the period 1960-80. The procedure begins with a set of preliminary correction factors that are inconsistent because they are derived from a variety of existing sources. The procedure then identifies the set of consistent correction factors that are 'closest' to the preliminary factors."
It is found that there was "underenumeration of the 0-4 age group in each census, especially the 1960 census in which age rounding was apparently prevalent. Age exaggeration at the oldest ages is also indicated, at least in the 1970 and 1980 censuses. Birth registration completeness rose during 1960-80, from about 82 to 85 percent for males and from about 78 to 85 percent for females. Nevertheless, death registration completeness for both sexes hovered within the 61 to 67 percent range, declining slightly until the early 1970s, when it leveled off or began to rise."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10817 Pakistan. Population Census Organisation (Islamabad, Pakistan). Hand book of population census data. Dec 1985. 85 pp. Islamabad, Pakistan. In Eng.
This handbook is intended as a guide to the data available in the census publications produced in Pakistan from the census of 1951 to that of 1981. The publication consists of a series of tables of selected data from the censuses of 1951, 1961, 1972, and 1981. Data are included on population size and growth, density, and urban population by area and province; household size; rural and urban population; population of major cities; religion; language; handicapped population; sex ratio; age distribution; marital status; literacy; school enrollment; educational status; migration; labor force; employment; fertility; birthrates; age at marriage; and child mortality.
Location: Stanford University Libraries. Source: APLIC Census Network List, No. 69, Jan 1987.

53:10818 Piperow, Christine. Effects of the population census verdict of the Supreme Court on the content and implementation of the 1987 population census. [Auswirkungen des Volkszahlungsurteils des Bundesverfassungsgerichts auf Inhalt und Durchfuhrung der Volkszahlung 1987.] Berliner Statistik: Monatsschrift, Vol. 40, No. 5, 1986. 74-85 pp. Berlin, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The controversy that led to the postponement of the population census in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1983 to May 1987 is described, and the judicial decisions incorporated in the new 1987 census law are outlined. The effects of these decisions on the planned content and implementation of the census are then discussed. A copy of the census law is also included.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10819 Theodore, Gerard. Similarities and differences in population census methodologies in industrialized and developing countries. [Similitudes et differences dans la methodologie des recensements de population dans les pays industrialises et les pays en voie de developpement.] Journal de la Societe de Statistique de Paris, Vol. 127, No. 2, 1986. 111-23 pp. Nancy, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
The author notes the diverse factors that make the comparability of census results among developed and developing countries difficult and outlines a framework for achieving a minimum level of comparability. Attention is given to conceptual, psychological, technical, and administrative factors that influence census procedures in various countries. A common set of measures, necessary for the success of any census, is summarized. Among the measures listed are coordinated programming and budgeting, early attention to processing constraints, careful study of the nature of the information to be sought, preliminary mapping, the establishment of a control system, and the integration of the census system into the national statistical system.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10820 Travis, Carole. Guide to Latin American and West Indian census material: a bibliography and union list. 2. Chile. ISBN 0-901145-50-5. LC 84-102693. 1982. 32 pp. Institute of Latin American Studies: London, England. In Eng.
This is the second in a planned series of census lists concerning the countries of Latin America prepared for the Advisory Committee on Latin American Materials of the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries. The first list covered Venezuela and was published in 1981; the present list deals with Chile and contains a list of known census publications by date of census, the basic bibliographic information, and information concerning their location in libraries in the United Kingdom.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10821 United Nations. Department of Technical Co-operation for Development (New York, New York). Uses of census data for demographic research and development planning in Africa: aspects of technical co-operation. No. ST/TCD/Ser.E/3, Pub. Order No. E.86.II.H.1. 1986. iv, 24 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
This study examines the use of data from population censuses in Africa for development planning. It shows how the quality and quantity of such data have improved during the 1980s and, despite problems concerning the availability of trained manpower to undertake analysis and research, how such data are increasingly used in the development planning process. The situations in the following countries are examined: Botswana, Cape Verde, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. The limitations of using census data for such purposes are also considered. An appendix describes available software for population data processing and analysis.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10822 Zaremba, Halina; Ratajczak, Bronislawa. Topical scope of the 1988 national population census. [Zakres tematyczny Narodowego Spisu Powszechnego 1988 r.] Wiadomosci Statystyczne, Vol. 31, No. 8, Aug 1986. 2-7 pp. Warsaw, Poland. In Pol.
This article reviews the questionnaire that has been prepared for the 1988 census of Poland. Changes in the questions from those asked in previous censuses are noted.
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 .

53:10823 Belov, I. On the 1985 socio-demographic sample survey of the population. [O vyborochnom sotsial'no-demograficheskom obsledovanii naseleniya 1985 g.] Vestnik Statistiki, No. 9, 1986. 40-5 pp. Moscow, USSR. In Rus.
The program and results of the five percent sample survey of the population undertaken in the USSR in 1985 are reviewed. The author notes that the lessons learned will be applied to the 1986 test census and the 1989 All-Union population census.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10824 Chandrasekaran, C. The Mysore Study. Population Bulletin of the United Nations, No. 19-20, 1987. 6-13 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"This paper describes a sample survey proposed by the [U.N.] Population Commission at its fourth session and undertaken [in the 1950s] in co-operation with the Government of India. Conducted in the Indian state of Mysore, the study was an attempt to demonstrate, in a concrete manner, that a sample survey of households could be used to measure demographic characteristics and link them with the process of economic and social change. Topics to be studied were selected with a view to providing demographic information needed for planning and policy-making. The study sought to shed light on how the population would grow in the future and what economic and social provisions were needed to accommodate that growth. This was accomplished by relating demographic differentials to social and economic differentials." The author discusses how the Mysore Study influenced population policies and family planning programs in other developing countries and served as a precursor to the schedules of the World Fertility Survey.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:10825 International Institute for Population Sciences (Bombay, India); Marathwada University, Department of Sociology (Aurangabad, India). Baseline survey on fertility, mortality, and related factors in Maharashtra. Jul 1985. 229 pp. Bombay, India; Aurangabad, India. In Eng.
The results of a baseline survey undertaken in the Osmanabad and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra State, India, are presented. The survey was designed to establish levels of fertility, family planning, morbidity, mortality, and utilization of health services prior to the implementation of model health plans. The health plans are intended to improve basic health and family planning services and were developed by the government of India with assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID).
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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