+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

How much do we count? Interpretation and error-making in the decennial census

How much do we count? Interpretation and error-making in the decennial census

Demography 36(1): 121-134

Following a critique of the 1990 decennial census procedures, we conducted a field study among low-income, inner-city residents in 1991 to examine how they conceptualized and managed the civic task of census response. Interpretations about the purpose and meaning of the census, about commitment to the task, and about connection to government, singly and together with literacy skills (e.g., reading and general literacy competence), were associated with errors that are not detectable by evaluative methodologies used regularly by the Census Bureau. The validity and reliability of census data, and possibly other self-administered survey research, will be increased by greater use of knowledge about both interpretation and literacy skills in formulating data collection procedures.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 046280113

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 10036597

DOI: 10.2307/2648138

Related references

Small area random effects models for capture/recapture methods with applications to estimating coverage error in the U.S. Decennial Census. Statistics in Medicine 27(20): 4038-4056, 2008

The Census Bureau needs to plan now for a more automated 1990 decennial census. 1983

Census Bureau planning for the 1990 decennial census. 1987

The 1940 Decennial Census. Journal of the National Medical Association 32(1): 38-39, 1940

Third decennial census of Kirtland's warbler. Auk 892: 263-268, 1972

Can the National Decennial Census help your hospital?. Canadian Hospital 31(11): 47-8; Passim, 1954

The U.S. decennial census: an agenda for change. Journal of Government Information 21(1): 49-58, 1994

The evaluation of the 1980 decennial census. Statistician 29(4): 223-235, 1980

Seasonality of birth: two findings from the decennial census. Social Biology 34(3-4): 244-248, 1987

Catalog of 16th decennial census publications. 1945

1961 decennial census of the Kirtlands warbler. Auk 79(2): 173-182, 1962

Making numbers count on the racial frontier: an historical sociology of the birth of the census, Victoria (Australia), 1835-1840. Histoire Sociale. Social History 35(70): 423-446, 2007

A Short Method for Projecting Population by Age from One Decennial Census to Another. Social Forces 41(2): 163-170, 1962

Empirical Bayes estimation of undercount in the decennial census. Journal of the American Statistical Association 84(408): 1,033-1,044, 1989

The fourth decennial census of Kirtland's warbler, 1981. Jack-Pine Warbler 593: 93-95, 1981