Volume 53 - Number 2 - Summer 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.

53:20755 Bradshaw, Benjamin S.; Frisbie, W. Parker. The usefulness of census Spanish surname and Spanish origin data with vital statistics data. Texas Population Research Center Papers, Series 9: 1987, No. 9.004, 1987. 19 pp. University of Texas, Texas Population Research Center: Austin, Texas. In Eng.
"Given the increased availability of census and vital statistics data on the Hispanic population--defined by Spanish surname classifications or by inquiries about Spanish origin--the question arises as to which set of data more nearly approximates the frequencies of vital events in the population. The purpose of this paper is to examine the appropriateness of these data sets for estimating death rates and measures based on them for the population of Mexican origin. Several ancillary questions are also addressed which pertain to the degree of correspondence between the identifiers, the effect on demographic measures of using inconsistently defined Spanish surname data, and the comparison of measures based on surname data and origin data. Death records for Texas, 1980, which contain information on Spanish surname and on Spanish origin are employed."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20756 Cuba. Comite Estatal de Estadisticas. Instituto de Investigaciones Estadisticas [INSIE] (Havana, Cuba). The seasonality of selected demographic indicators. [La estacionalidad de algunos indicadores demograficos.] [1986?]. 59 pp. Havana, Cuba. In Spa.
Data from official Cuban sources and surveys are used to analyze the seasonality of fertility and mortality between 1980 and 1985. Consideration is also given to natural increase, infant mortality, marriage, and divorce.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20757 Nordstrom, David. Current methods of collecting fertility and mortality data in Botswana. Botswana Notes and Records, Vol. 17, 1985. 99-110 pp. Gaborone, Botswana. In Eng.
The main sources of data on fertility and mortality are listed, their strengths and weaknesses are assessed, and their use in Botswana is described. They include censuses, vital statistics, sample surveys, health care records, and community health worker records. The data are used to analyze current trends in fertility and mortality in the country.
Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

53:20758 Nunez, Leopoldo. An estimate of the effect of faulty declaration of age on demographic information collected in Mexico. [Una aproximacion al efecto de la mala declaracion de la edad en la informacion demografica recabada en Mexico.] 1984. 35 pp. Direccion General del Registro Nacional de Poblacion e Identificacion Personal: Mexico City, Mexico. In Spa.
The impact of age misreporting on the demographic data available for Mexico is examined. Particular consideration is given to age misreporting among women and to preferences for years ending in five or zero. The extent of such misreporting in the 1970 census and in some recent demographic surveys is reviewed, with particular attention to their impact on the accuracy of fertility rates. Techniques for minimizing the effects are examined.
Location: U.N. Centro Latinoamericano de Demografia, Santiago, Chile.

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.

53:20759 Lambert, Deborah A.; Strauss, Lilo T. Analysis of unlinked infant death certificates from the NIMS project. Public Health Reports, Vol. 102, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1987. 200-4 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The authors study unlinked infant death certificates and their effects on the calculation of birth weight-specific infant mortality risks for the 1980 U.S. birth cohort in the National Infant Mortality Surveillance (NIMS) project. "Estimates of the percentage successfully linked by State ranged from 86.0 to 100.0. After adjusting for the certainly unlinked infant death certificates, nine States' infant mortality risks increased by more than 0.2 per 1,000 live births. Improvements are needed both within and between States to ensure more complete birth and infant death certificate linkage."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20760 Mojarro, Octavio. The under-registration of vital statistics. [El subregistro de los hechos vitales.] 1984. 25 pp. Direccion General del Registro Nacional de Poblacion e Identificacion Personal: Mexico City, Mexico. In Spa.
The quality of vital statistics in Mexico is assessed, with emphasis on the extent of the under-registration of births and deaths. Consideration is given to how the quality of these data can be improved.
Location: U.N. Centro Latinoamericano de Demografia, Santiago, Chile.

53:20761 Prager, Kate; Flinchum, Glenn A.; Johnson, David P. The NCHS pilot project to link birth and infant death records: Stage 1. Public Health Reports, Vol. 102, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1987. 216-23 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The authors present the method used by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to compile a linked file of birth and infant death records for the 1982 birth cohort in a nine-state area. The completeness and quality of the pilot project files are evaluated. It is found that "the initial match rate of 93.2 percent for the project's linked record file was increased to 96.7 percent as a result of efforts by the pilot States to complete the matching of birth and infant death records." The NCHS plans for extending the linked file program nationally are discussed.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20762 Strauss, Lilo T.; Freedman, Mary A.; Gunter, Nita; Powell-Griner, Eve; Smith, Jack C. Experiences with linked birth and infant death certificates from the NIMS project. Public Health Reports, Vol. 102, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1987. 204-10 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The authors analyze the quality of data in the files of linked birth and death certificates from the U.S. National Infant Mortality Surveillance (NIMS) project. The project compared individual states' total infant mortality experiences for the 1980 cohort. Uniformity among the separate data sets is considered essential. Variations in definitions, variations in states' linking procedures, variations in the recording of some pregnancy outcomes, ambiguous treatment of unknowns or zero values, and unexpected data problems are discussed.
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.

53:20763 Arowolo, O. O.; Daramola, O. Philosophy of population census in Nigeria. [1982?]. xii, 291 pp. National Population Commission: Lagos, Nigeria. In Eng.
This publication is a product of a seminar on population census issues in Nigeria, organized by the National Population Commission and held at the University of Ibadan, February 1-5, 1982. The main themes of the conference were the "meaning and utility services of population census data; strategies for depoliticizing population censuses; ways of educating the public about the importance of [the] population census; how to obtain meaningful population figures; [the] relationship between population and development; and, using the population census to evaluate human resources." The general conclusion of the seminar was that a census was urgently required and that steps were needed to depoliticize the census; among the steps suggested was the distribution of development programs throughout the country regardless of population numbers.
Publisher's address: PMB 12628, Lagos, Nigeria.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20764 Associacao Brasileira de Estudos Populacionais [ABEP] (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Censuses, consensus, and nonsense: third seminar on the methodology of population censuses, Ouro Preto, June 1984. [Censos, consensos, contra-sensos: III seminario metodologico dos censos demograficos, Ouro Preto, junho de 1984.] [1984?]. 281 pp. Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Por.
These are the proceedings of a 1984 seminar on methodological aspects of censuses in Brazil. The volume consists of seven papers by different authors concerning problems in enumeration and analysis of data concerning the economically active population, income, educational status, internal migration, religion, race, and the family
Publisher's address: Avenida Casper Libero, 464--11o. andar, 01033 Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20765 Banister, Judith. China's census and the decade beyond. In: China: the 80s era, edited by Norton Ginsburg and Bernard A. Lalor. Westview Special Studies on East Asia, ISBN 0-86531-668-6. LC 84-50347. 1984. 173-91 pp. Westview Press: Boulder, Colorado/London, England. In Eng.
The author describes the 1982 census of China and its importance in light of the problems with alternative population data sources, such as population registers.
Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

53:20766 Boone, Margaret S. Inner-city black undercount: an exploratory study on the causes of coverage error. Evaluation Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, Apr 1987. 216-41 pp. Newbury Park, California/London, England. In Eng.
"This report summarizes findings from a 1984 study on the sociological causes of coverage error in the 1980 [U.S.] census in a disadvantaged black community in a large northeastern city. The research design increased the likelihood of finding sample persons by obtaining as many as eight possible addresses from hospital records and field interviews. Analysis of social and demographic characteristics of sample persons (all female) suggests that residential stability and presence of an adult male in the household are positively related to being recorded in the census. Within-household analysis of coresident persons suggests that the young, all males, and especially consensual partners are most likely to be omitted from household rosters."
Author's address: U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20767 Clem, Ralph S. Research guide to the Russian and Soviet censuses. Studies in Soviet History and Society, ISBN 0-8014-1838-0. LC 86-47638. 1986. 323 pp. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, New York/London, England. In Eng.
This volume is a general reference work on Russian and Soviet censuses. It is in two parts. The first part "consists of three chapters on general subjects dealing with the published censuses of Russia and the USSR, followed by five chapters on ten specific topics, the study of which requires the use of census figures." The topics include ethnicity and language; occupations and labor force; urbanization and migration; marriage, family, and fertility; and education and literacy. The second part "is an index to and list of every published table in the six major censuses taken in Russia (1897) and the USSR (1926, 1939, 1959, 1970, and 1979). Cross-tabulations (i.e., combinations of topics, such as 'Educational Attainment by Age') are provided in great detail."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20768 Crothers, Charles. The uses and limitations of census data: recent censuses to 1981. New Zealand Demographic Society Occasional Paper, No. 6, Dec 1986. 184 pp. New Zealand Demographic Society: Wellington, New Zealand. In Eng.
This publication is primarily a product of a session held at the July 1983 New Zealand Demographic Society Conference on the uses and limits of census data. It includes revised versions of several of the papers presented at that session together with papers commissioned subsequently. In the 14 papers, the various authors each examine the fit between the census data available and the theoretical and methodological concerns of their area of research or investigation, with particular reference to decisions about the classifications used in collecting, processing, and publishing the data. Chapters are included on education, income, religion, internal migration, housing and households, sex, ethnicity, labor force, social security, journey to work, health, fertility, and small area data.
Publisher's address: P.O. Box 225, Wellington, New Zealand.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20769 Klinger, A.; Kepecs, J. Methodological aspects of the 1984 Hungarian microcensus. Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 1986. 1-18 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng.
The methodology used in the 1984 microcensus of Hungary is described. The main innovation involved the use of preprinted personal data from the National Population Registration Office, which meant that enumerators had prepared questionnaires available before undertaking census interviews. A trial census held in 1984 in Gyor County is also described.
Location: Princeton University Library (UN).

53:20770 Labutova, T. The trial population census. [Probnaya perepis' naseleniya.] Vestnik Statistiki, No. 10, 1986. 28-34 pp. Moscow, USSR. In Rus.
The author describes the trial population census that was scheduled to take place in the USSR in December 1986 to test methodology, programs, and computational techniques to be used in the 1989 census. The sample for the trial census was 800,000 individuals residing in various parts of the country.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20771 Rasul, M. Aminur. Nature and extent of age reporting errors and implications for fertility estimation: 1981 census of Bangladesh. In: Studies in African and Asian demography: CDC annual seminar, 1986. CDC Research Monograph Series, No. 16, 1987. 611-36 pp. Cairo Demographic Centre: Cairo, Egypt. In Eng.
The author examines the nature, pattern, and extent of age reporting errors in the 1981 census of Bangladesh in terms of stable population analysis and considers the implication of age misreporting for fertility estimates. Estimates of some vital measures are derived on the basis of the stable population analysis.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20772 Redmond, Mary. State Data Centers: improving access to census information. Government Information Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1986. 291-303 pp. Greenwich, Connecticut. In Eng.
"The U.S. Bureau of the Census created the State Data Center program in 1978 to improve public access to census information. This article discusses the background, structure, and services of that program; the role of libraries in the program; and future directions in State Data Center/library relationships. The appendix lists contact person names, as well as addresses and telephone numbers for State Data Center lead agencies."
Author's address: Legislative and Governmental Services, New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230.
Location: Princeton University Library (SF).

53:20773 Robertson, Isobel M. L. Scottish-English comparisons: a cautionary note on the census. Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol. 102, No. 2, Sep 1986. 93-6 pp. Edinburgh, Scotland. In Eng.
"This paper draws attention to the variation in Census Enumeration District size between Scotland and England and the implications for country-wide research. It also reflects on the varying definition of a room between the countries and over time."
Author's address: Town and Regional Planning, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.
Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

53:20774 Saxena, Prem C.; Verma, Ravi K.; Sharma, Arun K. Errors in age-reporting in India: a socio-cultural and psychological explanation. Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 47, No. 2, Jul 1986. 127-35 pp. Bombay, India. In Eng.
The causes of errors in age reporting in Indian censuses are examined. The authors propose an explanation in which such errors are the result of cultural and psychological causes rather than illiteracy and underdevelopment
Author's address: Department of Mathematical Demography and Statistics, IIPS, Deonar, Govandi Station Road, Bombay 400 088, India.
Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

53:20775 Smith, Wayne R.; Pryor, Edward T. The census of Canada: current situation and future developments. Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 1986. 19-30 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng.
Recent developments concerning censuses in Canada are described. Efforts to improve data quality in the 1981 census are first discussed. The authors explain how the 1986 census was approved, then cancelled, and finally reinstated. Consideration is given to data processing, costs, census products, and international cooperation on census problems.
Location: Princeton University Library (UN).

53:20776 Spain. Instituto Nacional de Estadistica [INE] (Madrid, Spain). The 1787 "Floridablanca" census: Seville. [Censo de 1787 "Floridablanca": Sevilla.] ISBN 84-260-1413-5. 1986. xxiv, [77] pp. Madrid, Spain. In Spa.
This is a compilation of part of the 1787 national census of Spain, which was carried out by order of King Carlos III's Secretary of State, Don Jose Monina y Redondo, first Count of Floridablanca. It contains reproductions of the original data on Seville and its suburbs together with modern data on those living in family dwellings and collective housing by age, sex, marital status, and occupation. There is also a table showing the administrative characteristics of the locations covered.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20777 Wurzberger, Paul; Stortzbach, Bernd; Sturmer, Bernd. Census, 1987: legal bases and general concept according to the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court of December 15, 1983. [Volkszahlung 1987: rechtliche Grundlagen und Konzept nach dem Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts vom 15. Dezember 1983.] Wirtschaft und Statistik, No. 12, Dec 1986. 927-57 pp. Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The controversy over the census in the Federal Republic of Germany is described, and the 1987 census law, which is based on a 1983 ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court, is discussed. Comparisons are then made between the 1987 and 1983 census laws, and the concept and organization of the 1987 census are outlined. Preparations for the census at the local level, as well as plans for analyzing the data, are also described.
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 .

53:20778 Barnes, Robert. Use of registers and population censuses as sampling frames in Great Britain. Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 1986. 81-92 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng.
The use of official data sources as sampling frames for numerous government surveys in the United Kingdom is described. "The great majority of these surveys use registers of various kinds as sampling frames. Some of these registers are intended to cover all addresses in the country in which there are private households. Other registers relate to specific sub-groups of the population. Each of the general registers has advantages and disadvantages but none is ideal for sampling purposes. In recent years nearly all samples required of the general population have been drawn, by automated means, from the Postcode Address File, although the balance of advantages of this system need to be continually monitored and evaluated." Reasons why the census is not often used as a sampling frame are considered.
Location: Princeton University Library (UN).

53:20779 Hoem, Jan M. The issue of weights in panel surveys of individual behavior. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, No. 39, ISBN 91-7820-026-1. May 1987. 45 pp. University of Stockholm, Section of Demography: Stockholm, Sweden. In Eng.
"This paper argues that sample-based analyses of individual longitudinal behavior can normally do well without sampling weights. Instead of worrying about such weights, it pays to concentrate on the modelling of behavior and on drawing inference about features of the model. One should not feel confined to finite population totals and means, finite population regression coefficients, and other finite population statistics. Also, some of the claims about the good properties of conventional weighting seem exaggerated." The geographic focus is worldwide.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20780 Ouaidou, Nassour; van de Walle, Etienne. Methodological reflections on multi-stage field surveys: the EMIS survey of the region of Bobo-Dioulasso. [Reflexions methodologiques sur une enquete a passages repetes: l'EMIS de Bobo-Dioulasso.] Population, Vol. 42, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1987. 249-65 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng; Spa.
Some problems concerning data collection in multistage surveys are examined using the example of the EMIS survey on infant mortality in the Sahel, carried out between 1981 and 1984 in the region of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. The emphasis is on the problem of nonresponse for unknown reasons. The reasons for error sources include the determination of place of delivery, especially for women undergoing cesarean sections who were moved from outlying health centers, and for deliveries where the child subsequently died. The evidence also indicates that some women, particularly those in vulnerable categories, were not included in subsequent phases of the survey.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:20781 Srinivasan, K.; Muthiah, A. C. Fertility estimation from retrospective surveys: biases attributable to pregnancy-related movement of mothers. Demography, Vol. 24, No. 2, May 1987. 271-8 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"In a number of developing countries, especially in South Asia, there is a custom for a pregnant woman to go to her mother's home for delivery and remain for some months afterwards. In this context, estimates of various fertility measures, based on data from a sample survey of resident women, will be seriously biased. Inclusion of data for visitors to the sample households does not fully compensate for this bias. The presence and magnitude of the bias is illustrated by the analysis of data from large-scale sample surveys conducted in the state of Orissa in India and by World Fertility Survey data from Bangladesh and Nepal."
Author's address: International Institute for Population Sciences, Bombay, 400 088 India.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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