Volume 53 - Number 3 - Fall 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.

53:30766 India. Office of the Registrar General. Vital Statistics Division (New Delhi, India). Sample registration bulletin. Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 1986. ii, 23 pp. New Delhi, India. In Eng; Hin.
This is one in a series of reports giving results from the Sample Registration System (SRS) of India. "This issue gives the estimated infant mortality rates by states along with age-specific fertility and mortality rates for India for the year 1983...." Tables provide estimates of crude birth and death rates for rural and urban areas, 1971-1984; birth rate by state or union territory, 1981-1984; death rate by state or union territory, 1981-1984; age-specific fertility indicators for rural and urban populations, 1983; age-specific death rates for rural and urban populations, 1983; mortality indicators, 1983; and infant mortality by state.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30767 Kelson, M.; Farebrother, M. The effect of inaccuracies in death certification and coding practices in the European Economic Community (EEC) on international cancer mortality statistics. International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 16, No. 3, Sep 1987. 411-4 pp. Oxford, England. In Eng.
"An investigation into the effect of national death certification and coding practices on published mortality statistics in eight EEC countries is reported. Doctors in each country were asked to complete specimen death certificates for a bank of written case histories. Certificates from each country were coded by their own offices and then by a WHO reference centre. Within and between countries, discrepancies occurred both in the doctors' diagnoses and in the codes assigned to certificates. At an international level these differences had serious implications for the comparability of mortality data for cancers of the cervix and uterus, and for mesotheliomas."
Author's address: Department of Community Medicine, St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London SE1, England.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30768 Rees, Philip; Clarke, Martin; Duley, Chris. A model for updating individual and household populations. School of Geography Working Paper, No. 486, Mar 1987. iv, 44 pp. University of Leeds, School of Geography: Leeds, England. In Eng.
A preliminary model to update small-area population estimates in the United Kingdom during intercensal periods is outlined. "The model is divided into three phases. The first, Population Reconstruction, involves simulating a list of individual, household and housing attributes at a base point in time, using as much aggregate information as can be incorporated. The second phase involves updating the numbers in each population and the characteristics of each unit, employing survey and list data for years following the base date. Data for updating are available from records of demographic events at national, regional and local scales, from household surveys at national and regional scales and from administrative records such as address lists of various kinds at local scales. The third phase of the model will involve projecting changes in population numbers and characteristics into the future using trended event data and attribute transition data together with a range of alternative scenarios or policies...."
Publisher's address: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.2. Registration of Vital Statistics

Studies of the organization and operation of vital statistics at local and national levels, of international comparability, and of special problems.

53:30769 Anderson, Barbara A.; Silver, Brian D. Changes in the seasonality of births as an indicator of improvement of registration: the case of the Soviet Union. Population Studies Center Research Report, No. 87-108, Apr 1987. 26, [9] pp. University of Michigan, Population Studies Center: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
The authors analyze changes in the seasonality of births in the Soviet Union as a means of evaluating vital statistics registration. "In the case of birth registration in the Soviet Union, we will show that although according to the official principle vital statistics refer to the date of their occurrence, in practice Soviet birth statistics often probably refer to the date of registration. Furthermore, sharp changes in the seasonal pattern of reported births between the 1950s and 1985 suggest either movement in practice from use of date-of-registration to use of date-of-occurrence or more timely reporting of events in general." Official Soviet and U.N. statistics for the country as a whole are used.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30770 Bakker, M. L. The status of civil registration and the collection of vital statistics through alternative sources in Papua New Guinea. IIVRS Technical Paper, No. 30, Jul 1987. i, 14 pp. International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics [IIVRS]: Bethesda, Maryland. In Eng.
The author discusses the weaknesses of the civil registration system in Papua New Guinea and suggests ways in which existing government programs and institutions could assume responsibility for collecting vital statistics.
Author's address: Population Studies Program, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30771 Lopez, Diego. Comparative analysis of vital statistics in Venezuela. [Analisis comparativo sobre las estadisticas de hechos vitales en Venezuela.] Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales Documento de Trabajo, No. 30, Feb 1987. 49 pp. Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales: Caracas, Venezuela. In Spa.
The quality of data on births and deaths in Venezuela is assessed. The author compares the procedures used by two primary organizations providing statistical information on births and deaths, the Central Office of Statistics and Information and the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance. Questionnaire design, distribution, collection, and processing methods are described. Suggestions are made for improving the analytical capabilities of the vital statistics system and for maintaining acceptable levels of data quality.
Publisher's address: Urb. Montalban, La Vega, Apartado 29068, Caracas 1021, Venezuela.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30772 United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [ESCAP] (Bangkok, Thailand). Status of civil registration and vital statistics in Asia and the Pacific. No. ST/ESCAP/465, 1987. 312 pp. Bangkok, Thailand. In Eng.
This publication is based on papers presented at seminars organized in 1985 by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) concerning civil registration and vital statistics. It consists of an overview of the civil registration systems in South, Southeastern, and Eastern Asia and in Oceania, as well as 33 country reviews.
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.

53:30773 Arretx, Carmen; Chackiel, Juan. Some problems relating to the collection of demographic data in the population censuses taken in Latin America during the 1980s. [Algunos problemas relativos a la recoleccion de datos demograficos en los censos de poblacion de America Latina en la decada de 1980.] Notas de Poblacion, Vol. 14, No. 42, Dec 1986. 51-76 pp. Santiago, Chile. In Spa. with sum. in Eng.
Methods of data collection in the 1980 census round in Latin America are described and evaluated. The authors first note that 16 out of 20 countries concerned have already carried out censuses in this decade. They describe how these censuses contain more data on fertility, mortality, and international migration than in the past. Problems involved in preparing reasonable estimates for such demographic variables are considered, including the preparation of questionnaires, census omissions, lack of response, and the use of sampling.
Author's address: U.N. Centro Latinoamericano de Demografia, Casilla 91, Santiago, Chile.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30774 Bretz, Manfred; Wedel, Edgar. The purpose and significance of the census of population, employment, and housing. [Zweck und Bedeutung der Volks-, Berufs-, Gebaude- und Wohnungszahlung.] Wirtschaft und Statistik, No. 3, Mar 1987. 195-206 pp. Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The author describes the uses of population statistics in West Germany and the value of statistical data as the foundation of rational policy. Political, social, and administrative applications of census data on population, employment, and housing are discussed for federal, state, and local levels. Consideration is given to labor force participation, schooling and job training, commuting, and housing. The authors discuss the limitations of sample studies and population registers as alternatives to population census.
Location: Princeton University Library (PF).

53:30775 Eichler, Ullrich. PC efforts in carrying out the 1987 population census. [PC-Einsatz zur Durchfuhrung der Volkszahlung '87.] Berliner Statistik: Monatsschrift, Vol. 41, No. 4, 1987. 77-91 pp. Berlin, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The use of personal computers (PCs) in carrying out the 1987 population census in West Berlin is described. Emphasis is on how PCs were used to deal with problems related to the return of questionnaires.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30776 Findlay, Allan. The 1980-1982 European census round: an evaluation of the census as a data source. In: West European population change, edited by Allan Findlay and Paul White. 1986. 1-17 pp. Croom Helm: Dover, New Hampshire/London, England. In Eng.
"The purpose of this chapter is to compare the quantity and quality of census data across the nations of Western Europe in the 1980s, and to evaluate the consequences of the divergent trends in census-taking" that have recently developed. These trends include a growing opposition to censuses in countries such as the Federal Republic of Germany and the Netherlands and a growing dependence on the census as a primary data source in other countries such as Spain. Data are from a survey of European censuses carried out in January 1985. The author concludes that "despite difficulties in comparing census data compiled in different European countries, meaningful comparisons are possible on a wide range of variables for many of the European states."
Author's address: Department of Geography, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30777 Hill, Kenneth. Estimating census and death registration completeness. Asian and Pacific Population Forum, Vol. 1, No. 3, May 1987. 8-13, 23-4 pp. Honolulu, Hawaii. In Eng.
"This article presents a new method for estimating the relative completeness of two census enumerations and of intercensal registered deaths. The method applies to any two censuses, no matter what the intercensal interval, and is simple to apply....The key assumptions of the method are that the population is closed to migration and that all the coverage factors involved are invariant with age, at least for the age range studied." The method is applied to data on the female population of South Korea for the years 1970-1975.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30778 Mills, Ian. Developments in census-taking since 1841. Population Trends, No. 48, Summer 1987. 37-44 pp. London, England. In Eng.
"This article looks at how the census in England and Wales has developed over the last 150 years by looking in detail at particular areas of the census content and operation. The main developments have been: an increase in the number of questions asked, from six in 1841 to twenty-one in 1981; the introduction in 1891 of questions on housing quality; the development of classifications of occupations and industries; the first computer processing of census returns in 1961; growth in the quantity of output, to around 1.5 million pages from the 1981 Census; [and] increasingly thorough checks on the quality of census data."
Author's address: Census Division, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, London, England.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30779 Robey, Bryant. How censuses aid policymakers. Asian and Pacific Population Forum, Vol. 1, No. 4, Aug 1987. 13-5 pp. Honolulu, Hawaii. In Eng.
The author discusses the eleventh Asian and Pacific Population Census Conference, held in 1986 in Sydney and Canberra, Australia. The focus of the meeting was on the value of census data for analyzing social policy issues; participants included population experts from Asian and Pacific countries, Canada, and the United States. Topics include literacy measurement, fertility and mortality estimation, studies of the elderly, and preparations for the 1990 round of censuses, including information processing and increased use of automation.
Author's address: East-West Population Institute, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30780 Sillitoe, Ken. Developing questions on ethnicity and related topics for the census. OPCS Occasional Paper, No. 36, ISBN 0-904952-35-5. 1987. v, 149 pp. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys [OPCS]: London, England. In Eng.
This report is part of an undertaking to develop questions for the census of England and Wales. It "describes the results from the first three field trials in the second series of tests undertaken by the Social Survey Division of the OPCS, aimed primarily at developing a question on ethnicity, for the Census." It also tests questions on religions of South Asians and languages spoken at home. Fieldwork was performed in 1985 and 1986 in towns selected on the basis of their ethnic components. The report describes procedures for the collection of data, evaluates data quality, discusses respondents' opinions of the test questions and the impact of language facility, reviews findings, and recommends census question modifications. Field documents used in the trials are reproduced in an appendix.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30781 Storm, H.; Verhoef, R. Population statistics in the Netherlands. [Bevolkingsstatistieken in Nederland.] Maandstatistiek van de Bevolking, Vol. 35, No. 5, May 1987. 24-34 pp. Voorburg, Netherlands. In Dut. with sum. in Eng.
The authors describe the collection of population statistics in the Netherlands. They note that most of the statistics come from the system of continuous population registration, in which all changes in marital status, births, deaths, and migrations are entered in municipal registers for people residing in the Netherlands. A historical review of Dutch population statistics is included as well as a review of other sources of data.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30782 Stortzbach, Bernd. An international comparison of censuses. [Volkszahlungen im internationalen Vergleich.] Wirtschaft und Statistik, No. 3, Mar 1987. 207-18 pp. Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
In this study of censuses, the author compares the West German census with a selection of censuses from other industrialized countries. International guidelines set forth by the United Nations and the European Community for census taking are described, and matters pertaining to the collection, quality, and comparability of data are discussed. A comparison is made of the 1987 West German questionnaire and questionnaires from other countries. Methods and laws regulating population censuses and plans for future censuses are discussed.
Location: Princeton University Library (PF).

53:30783 Switzerland. Service Cantonal de Statistique. Departement de l'Economie Publique (Geneva, Switzerland). Federal censuses of population from 1850 to 1980: statistical retrospective. Vol. 2: the canton of Geneva. [Recensements federaux de la population de 1850 a 1980: retrospective statistique. Volume 2: le canton de Geneve.] Etudes et Documents, No. 10, Apr 1987. 184 pp. Geneva, Switzerland. In Fre.
Information is provided concerning the data available at the canton level from Swiss censuses from 1850 to 1980. The focus is on the data available for the canton of Geneva. Data are included on population density, age and sex distribution, language and nationality, marital status, religion, households, and economic activity.
Publisher's address: Rue du 31-Decembre 8, Case Postale 36, 1211 Geneva 6, Switzerland.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30784 United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe [ECE]. Conference of European Statisticians (Geneva, Switzerland); United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe [ECE]. Committee on Housing, Building and Planning (Geneva, Switzerland). Draft recommendations for the 1990 censuses of population and housing in the ECE region. No. CES/AC.6/153; HBP/AC.7/R.2, Dec 1986. 75; 29, 4 pp. Geneva, Switzerland. In Eng.
Draft recommendations for the 1990 census round in the ECE [Economic Commission for Europe] region are presented. Information is included on units, place, and time of enumeration; topics for which data are to be collected and manner of data collection; definition and classification of topics; and tabulation program. A separate addendum contains illustrative sketches for the recommended tabulation program. The ECE region consists of Europe, Northern America, USSR, and Turkey.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30785 United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe [ECE]. Conference of European Statisticians (Geneva, Switzerland); United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe [ECE]. Committee on Housing, Building and Planning (Geneva, Switzerland). National practices in the 1980 round of population and housing censuses in the ECE region. Report by the Secretariat. No. CES/AC.6/152; HBP/AC.7/R.1, Dec 15, 1986. 33, [24] pp. Geneva, Switzerland. In Eng.
"This paper provides an overview of the extent to which ECE countries complied with the ECE recommendations for the 1980 round of population and housing censuses that they conducted in the period 1975-1984." Separate consideration is given to basic, additional, and other topics; compliance with definitions and classifications of topics; and compliance with the recommended tabulation program. The ECE region consists of Europe; Northern America; USSR; and Turkey.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30786 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). First Annual Research Conference, March 20-23, 1985: Sheraton International Conference Center, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia. Proceedings. [1985?]. viii, 550 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
These are the proceedings of a conference held in 1985 to consider the U.S. Bureau of the Census's Five Year Research Plan. "These Proceedings contain the full record of the conference--invited speeches and papers, formal discussion and floor discussion." Sessions were included on automation, survey design and estimation, statistical computing, census evaluation studies, confidentiality issues in federal statistics, improving national population projection methodology, a total survey design approach for telephone surveys, data analysis, nonresponse adjustment procedures in sample surveys, statistical standards, and quality issues and experiences in government or nonmarket organizations.
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 .

53:30787 Bleek, Wolf. Lying informants: a fieldwork experience from Ghana. Population and Development Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, Jun 1987. 314-22, 374, 377 pp. New York, New York. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Spa.
"During anthropological research into birth control beliefs and practices in a rural Ghanaian community, a coincidental event revealed the lies that informants had told the interviewers about sensitive aspects of their lives. The author argues that the informants had good reason to lie, but that demographers have no reason to believe them." In this anecdotal article the author compares interviewees' responses about divorce, induced abortion, and other topics with his own observations from fieldwork in 1971 and 1973, and he questions the value of information acquired through survey interviews.
Author's address: Anthropological-Sociological Center, University of Amsterdam, Spui 21, 1012 WX, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30788 Esenwein-Rothe, Ingeborg. World Fertility Survey: results and further research activities. [World Fertility Survey: Ergebnisse und weitere Forschungsaktivitaten.] Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv, Vol. 71, No. 2, 1987. 145-56 pp. Gottingen, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Ger.
The World Fertility Survey, completed in 1984, its results, and plans for future research are described. The paper is presented in four sections and includes a discussion of the origin and purpose of the World Fertility Survey; an overview of World Fertility Survey participant publications; comments on coverage of the World Fertility Survey, including its contributions to both the social sciences and demography; and a discussion of the continuation of the fertility surveys.
Location: Princeton University Library (PF).

53:30789 Lengsfeld, Wolfgang; Linke, Wilfried. Opinion poll on population development in the Federal Republic of Germany--Autumn 1984. In: Referate zum deutsch-franzosischen Arbeitstreffen auf dem Gebiet der Demographie vom 30. September bis 3. Oktober 1985 in Dijon. Materialien zur Bevolkerungswissenschaft, No. 49, 1986. 5-17 pp. Bundesinstitut fur Bevolkerungsforschung: Wiesbaden, Germany, Federal Republic of. In Eng.
The results of a 1984 opinion poll on population trends in the Federal Republic of Germany are summarized. The survey's objective was "to determine which information, ideas, opinions and apprehensions the population has with regard to...present and presumable future population development. This survey comprised [2,500] persons of German nationality aged 18 years and over living in the Federal Republic....The following topics were included in the survey: knowledge and information about...population development in the Federal Republic of Germany, information about family allowances and measures of family policy, marriage behaviour and consensual unions, desire to have children and childlessness, significance of the [family, and] attitude towards the foreign population."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30790 Mathiowetz, Nancy; Northrup, Doris; Sperry, Sandra; Waksberg, Joseph. Linking the National Survey of Family Growth with the National Health Interview Survey: analysis of field trials. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 2: Data Evaluation and Methods Research, No. 103, Pub. Order No. DHHS (PHS) 87-1377. LC 86-600390. Sep 1987. vi, 46 pp. U.S. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS]: Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
"This report presents the results of field experiments that tested and evaluated alternative strategies for using the [U.S.] National Health Interview Survey as the sampling frame for the National Survey of Family Growth. Several design factors were tested, including two types of sampling unit, two modes of initial contact, and length of elapsed time between the two surveys. The criteria used in the evaluation were response rates, level of effort, and costs associated with the different design factors. The findings indicate that the experimental variables had little impact on response rates but differed significantly in level of effort and associated costs."
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53:30791 Nichols, Douglas; Woods, Emile T.; Gates, Deborah S.; Sherman, Joyce. Sexual behavior, contraceptive practice, and reproductive health among Liberian adolescents. Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 18, No. 3, May-Jun 1987. 169-76 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"This paper reports on a survey that was aimed at obtaining information for use in designing programs to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Liberia. The sample of 1,488 never-married adolescents aged 14-21 was divided into subgroups based on age, sex, student status, and (for non-students) level of education." Information is included on reproductive knowledge, sex behavior, contraceptive use, and pregnancy history. "These results indicate a substantial unmet need on the part of Liberian adolescents with respect to reproductive health knowledge, information, and access to contraceptive methods."
Author's address: Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30792 United States. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] (Hyattsville, Maryland). The supplement on aging to the 1984 National Health Interview Survey. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 1: Programs and Collection Procedures, No. 21, Pub. Order No. DHHS (PHS) 87-1323. ISBN 0-8406-0369-X. LC 87-600066. Jun 1987. v, 115 pp. Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
This report describes the materials and methods of collecting and analyzing data for interviews conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 1984 Supplement on Aging. The sample group of 16,148 persons included "a systematic one-half sample of people in the 1984 NHIS households who were ages 55-64 years [and] all people in the 1984 NHIS households who were ages 65 years and over." The questionnaire solicited information concerning family and household, community and social support, employment status, health status, health care requirements, and activities. "One of the objectives of the Supplement on Aging (SOA) was to provide finer statistical measures of functional limitations and the presence of chronic health conditions among older persons than is provided in the NHIS basic questionnaire....Another objective of the SOA was to provide information about older people that could be used as baseline data in measurements of change over time through a later prospective study."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

53:30793 Whitehead, Frank. The GRO use of social surveys. Population Trends, No. 48, Summer 1987. 45-54 pp. London, England. In Eng.
The author describes how the work of the Social Survey Division in England and Wales has complemented the statistical work of the General Register Office over the past 40 years. The activities described include the testing of census questions and the evaluation of the quality and coverage of results; the use of continuous surveys in the production of migration, population, and fertility statistics; and surveys concerning health.
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