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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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Types of data collection on the labour force and other economic characteristics

The previous parts of the Handbook have reviewed the ways in which a population census may collect information on the labour force and other economic characteristics, either through complete coverage or from a sample. As indicated, other sources of such information for national level statistics also exist, in particular household surveys, establishment surveys, economic and agricultural censuses and administrative sources. Part six is concerned with the ways in which the results from the population census may be used to develop, evaluate, improve and better utilize those other sources, specifically labour force and other household and establishment sample surveys. An important underlying issue is how the population census design and procedures may be chosen so as to maximize its usefulness for this purpose.

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