Measuring the Economically Active in Population Censuses

A Handbook

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The Handbook provides guidance on the measurement of economic characteristics in population censuses, based on relevant experiences of countries, with a particular focus on the questions used and the requirements for processing of responses. The Handbook is intended to provide census planners with a variety of approaches to assess the questions and methods of collecting economic characteristics used in their national census, as they evaluate the performance in the past decade and plan for the 2010 round of censuses (2005-2014). Users of census results may also find the present text useful when evaluating the quality of census results.

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Examples of complete sets of economic activity questions in population censuses

The website of the United Nations Statistics Division shows copies of population census questionnaires where they have been provided by countries and territories. It is difficult to find census questionnaires in which the economic activity questions cover all the topics included in Principles and Recommendation for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2 (United Nations, 2008b). The incomplete coverage of topics arises in part from other competing demands for space on the census questionnaire. Another reason is that some of the topics (and changes in conceptual boundaries) have been added since the 2000 census round and thus few countries have had a chance to even consider adopting them. A few reasonably comprehensive examples of the economic block of questions are presented in annex I to show how they have been structured.

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