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Using the U.S. and U.K. censuses for comparative research

Tunstall, Rebecca. K (2005) Using the U.S. and U.K. censuses for comparative research. Brookings Institution. ISBN 200362188

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Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are constantly interested in international comparisons as a means to generate and test hypotheses and new ideas. Likewise, they have for centuries relied on census data as a key source of information about the nature and dynamics of nations. This discussion paper, accordingly, reviews key features of the U.S. and U.K. censuses of population, and considers how the two canvasses can be used for comparative research on population, housing, and other key issues. To that end, it offers a guide to the surveys' respective approaches and definitions, and their similarities and differences—all with an eye to helping researchers assess their utility for bilateral comparisons. On balance, the paper concludes that the two nations' censuses—despite their variations of method, terminology, and reporting—hold out exciting potential for comparative analysis.

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Additional Information: © 2004 The Brookings Institution
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Housing & Communities
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2008 10:07
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 21:41

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