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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Focus and content—rationale and structure

For decades, countries have been collecting, through population censuses, data on economic characteristics of the population. For many countries the population census remains the only source for nationally representative statistics on economic characteristics, while for others the population census complements other sources (if available) such as household and labour force surveys, establishment surveys, and administrative registers. As the census is conducted only once every 10 years (in a few countries once in every 5 years), economic characteristics are often competing with demands for coverage of a wide range of other topics.

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