France’s redesigned census: lessons and prospects

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France’s redesigned census: lessons and prospects

By the National Institute of Statistics (INSEE), France, 2011.

From 1801 to 1999, France periodically conducted “traditional” censuses
with exhaustive enumeration. In 1997, it decided to undertake a radical reform of its
census involving (1) a switch to annual surveys in parts of the country, (2) introduction
of a sample survey in large municipalities based on a statistical register of addresses,
and (3) annual publication of detailed results using five annual surveys and
administrative data. This system is now operational and is supplying results on a
regular basis. Have the goals of the reform been met? This paper analyzes the successes
and difficulties of the project, and assesses the extent to which it has met its goals for
cost, data quality, and information timeliness. We describe the defects and risks that
emerged during implementation, and discuss planned developments.

(Conference of the Italian statistical society Statistics in the 150 years from the Unit of Italy
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna Bologna, 8 -10 June 2011)

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