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The register-based census in Germany: historical context and relevance for population research

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Scholz, Rembrandt D.; Kreyenfeld, Michaela

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Abstract "In 2011, Germany carried out its first census after a 20-year break. In light of the United Nations' recommendations that countries initiate a population census at least every 10 years, the census was long overdue. Moreover, demographers had for some time been demanding a new enumeration that would enable them to place the calculation of demographic indicators on a reliable basis. With the 2011 census, Germany not only met the demand for a current population census, but also broke new ground by using a register-based approach. Unlike the Scandinavian countries, which have a long tradition of performing register-based data analyses, the linking of administrative data in Germany is restricted by the country’s legal framework. Thus, the 2011 census was an ambitious project. After contextualising the 2011 census historically, we discuss in this contribution the census’ relevance for generating central demographic data. Specifically, we compare the updated population estimates of the 1987 census to the results of the 2011 census in order to identify possible systematic sources of error that distort demographic indicators and analyses." (author's abstract). Documentation: s. http://dx.doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2016-07en
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; census; population development; data capture; data preparation; data protection; demography; indicator; estimation; data quality
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 175-204
Journal Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 41 (2016) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2016-08en
ISSN 1869-8980
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike