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Compendium of Statistics and Indicators on the Situation of Women 1986

Series: K, No. 5
Sales number: 88.XVII.6
Languages:Click for help *[English]/[French]
Brings together available statistics and indicators for 178 countries or areas in 33 tables covering population; households and families, marital status, fertility; economic participation and population not economically active; national and household income and expenditure; education and literacy; health and health services; disabled persons; housing conditions and human settlements; public affairs and political participation; criminal justice.------ Out of print.

Compiling Social Indicators on the Situation of Women

Series: F, No. 32
Sales number: 84.XVII.2
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
Explains how to develop indicators on women from sources of data which exist in most countries, such as population censuses, household surveys and registration systems. Presents illustrative indicators and gives guidance on how to avoid stereotypes and biases which may affect the existing data on women.------ Out of print.

Concepts and Methods for Improving Statistics on the Situation of Women

Series: F, No. 33
Sales number: 84.XVII.3
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
Reviews critically concepts and methods in national statistics collection programmes as to the adequacy and quality of statistics produced on the situation of women. Possible changes in statistical recommendations and practices are considered.------ Out of print.

Concepts and Methods for Integrating Social and Economic Statistics on Health, Education and Housing

Series: F, No. 40
Sales number: 86.XVII.23
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[English]; *[French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]

This report takes stock of the development of systematic linkages between social and economic statistics using the system of national accounts and balances in the fields of health, education and housing. Its objectives are threefold: to consider the usefulness in the social fields of relevant internationally recommended concepts and classifications from economic statistics; to illustrate the application in the social fields of currently accepted economic concepts and classifications, with examples including theoretical and applied work on the concept "total consumption of the population"; and to suggest ways of overcoming conceptual and practical problems. It is one of a series of reports on integration and improvement of social, demographic and related statistics and indicators.
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Demographic Yearbook 2006 - Online

Series: R, No. 
Sales number: 
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The online edition of the Demographic Yearbook 2006 provides statistics on population size and composition, fertility, mortality, infant and foetal mortality, marriages and divorces, the primary source of which are national population and housing censuses, population-related statistics from national administrative recording systems and population and household surveys reported by national statistical authorities.
This issue also presents for the first time data on deaths and death rates by cause of death by sex. In addition, this edition displays data on marriages cross-tabulated by age of groom and age of bride-data not published in the Demographic Yearbook since 1990.[more...]

Demographic Yearbook 2008

Series: R, No. 39
Sales number: E/F.11.XIII.1
Languages:Click for help [English]/[French]
Price: $120

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Demographic Yearbook 2008, the sixtieth in a series since 1948, is now available in print. Through the cooperation with the National Statistical Offices, official demographic statistics are compiled in the Yearbook, as available, for more than 230 countries and areas of the world. This edition of the Yearbook contains chapters on the population size and distribution, the population of capital cities, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce. Live births and crude birth rates as well as deaths and crude death rates are displayed for the latest five years, together with the age-specific fertility and mortality rates for the latest available year. This edition of Demographic Yearbook features two non-recurrent tables on general mortality, cause specific deaths and death rates, and probabilities of dying as of the latest official life tables reported for each country. [more...]

Demographic Yearbook 2012

Series: R, No. 42
Sales number: 14.XIII.1 H
Languages:Click for help [English/French]
Price: $120

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Demographic Yearbook 2012 is the the sixty-third in a series published since 1948. Through the cooperation with the National Statistical Offices, official demographic statistics are compiled in the Yearbook, as available, for more than 230 countries and areas of the world up to the reference year 2012. This edition of the Yearbook contains chapters on the population size and distribution, the population of capital cities, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce.[more...]

Demographic Yearbook CD-ROM: Historical Supplement 1948-1997

Series: R, No. 28/HS-CD
Sales number: 99.XIII.12
Languages:Click for help [English]/[French]
Price: $149

This first electronic version of the Demographic Yearbook special tables offers a comprehensive collection of international demographic statistics covering fifty years of data for 229 countries/areas from 1948-1997. DYB-CD uses a Web-browser to provide easy access to the table of contents, data tables and documentation. DYB-CD is a unique and invaluable resource for analysts, researchers, statisticians and demographers, students, librarians and information specialists. No prior computer background or experience is needed. [more...]

Development of Integrated Data Bases for Social, Economic and Demographic Statistics

Series: F, No. 27
Sales number: 79.XVII.14
Languages:Click for help *[English]; *[French]; *[Spanish]
Out of print.

Development of Statistical Concepts and Methods on Disability for Household Surveys

Series: F, No. 38
Sales number: 88.XVII.4
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
This volume has been prepared to assist countries in developing their own household survey work to cover disability topics. The development of statistical concepts and methods concerning disability for use in household surveys are reviewed based on selected national and international experiences and views, and methods for use in household surveys of different types are proposed.
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Development of Statistics of Disabled Persons: Case Studies

Series: Y, No. 2
Sales number: 86.XVII.17
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[English]; *[French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]
On the basis of available national statistics on disabled persons in five case-study countries, this report, published by the Statistics Division in 1986, analyzes the extent and reliability of the national disability statistics collected, reviews techniques for using these statistics effectively and considers ways of improving the collection and use of disability statistics.

Disability Statistics Compendium

Series: Y, No. 4
Sales number: 90.XVII.17
Languages:Click for help [English][French][Spanish]
Price: $49

This compendium provides 350 pages of detailed national data on disability for 55 countries or areas covering 12 major demographic and socioeconomic topics, including age, sex, residence, marital status, educational attainment, economic activity, type of living arrangements, household characteristics, causes of impairment and special aids used by disabled persons. An overview of national practices, summary tables and graphics are also provided.------ English out of print.

Emerging Trends and Issues in Population and Housing Censuses

Series: F, No. 52
Sales number: 91.XVII.4
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; *[English]; [French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]
The publication presents a broad view of national practices in the 1980 round of population and housing censuses and of major issues that emerged from the experience of many countries. It elaborates on various aspects of emerging issues noted by officials in charge of planning and carrying out censuses and other large-scale data collection activities and will help undertake measures to effectively deal with them. It will also be of assistance in training census personnel and preparing guidelines to field workers.
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Follow-up Method in Demographic Sample Surveys

Series: F, No. 41
Sales number: 91.XVII.11
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[Chinese]*[English][French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
This publication presents an important tool for countries to arrive at more reliable estimates of mortality and fertility rates. Interest by statistical organizations in this method has arisen within the framework of the National Household Survey Capability Programme. The report deals with the survey plan and its operational aspects including methods of recording, checking and processing of information. It examines the coordination needs in the follow-up approach and describes the calculation of vital rates using survey results.
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Geographical Information Systems for Population Statistics

Series: F, No. 68
Sales number: 97.XVII.3
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; [English]; [French]; *[Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $25

This report describes the application of geographical information systems (GIS) as a new technological tool for population statistics. It contains four technical papers: basic conceptual and management issues in using GIS for population statistics; the results of the survey of country experience in using automated mapping and GIS techniques in population statistics; review of five GIS software packages and their applicability to population statistics; how GIS can be used for planning, evaluation and assessment of health and family planning activities.

Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics

Series: Y, No. 10
Sales number: 01.XVII.15
Languages:Click for help [Arabic]; [Chinese][English][French][Russian][Spanish]
Price: $35

This publication is aimed at assisting national statistical offices and other producers of disability statistics in improving the collection, compilation and dissemination of disability data. The document addresses methodological issues in the area of disability by providing guidelines and principles related to data collection, through surveys and censuses and also on the compilation, dissemination and usage of data on disability. The publication builds on the Manual for the Development of Statistical Information for Disability Programmes and Policies, and also on the section on disability in the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 1.

Handbook for producing National Statistical Reports on Women and Men

Series: K, No. 14
Sales number: 97.XVII.10
Languages:Click for help [Arabic]; *[Chinese]; [English]; [French]; *[Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $24.95

This Handbook shows how to develop and publish a minimum set of statistics and indicators on women's and men's position in society. It is based on lessons learned in preparing The World's Women 1970-1990: Trends and Statistics, which was a collaborative effort of United Nations agencies to present a factual view of progress made globally towards advancing the situation of women relative to men. The World's Women generated demand for gender statistics publications that could be widely disseminated to users of varied backgrounds. This Handbook is a step-by-step guide to the preparation of such publications in countries, from organizing a planning committee to promoting the final product. A main feature is the practical guidance and illustrations given on developing statistical indicators from national data sources.

Handbook for the Development of National Statistical Databases on Women and Development

Series: K, No. 6
Sales number: 89.XVII.9
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; [English]; [French]; *[Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $23.5

Reviews and explains statistical topics, series and sources for the development of a national statistical database on women.

Handbook of Household Surveys (Revised Edition)

Series: F, No. 31
Sales number: 83.XVII.13
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
Out of print.

Handbook of Population and Housing Censuses, Part I, Planning, Organization and AdministrationPart I: Planning, Organization and Administration

Series: F, No. 54/PartI
Sales number: 92.XVII.8
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; *[English]; *[French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]

The census handbook of the United Nations for the World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses is in various parts, and is revised from time to time to reflect new developments and emerging issues in census-taking and national experiences in conducting the censuses each decade. This volume is concerned with the overall planning, organization, enumeration and post-enumeration work of the census, including administrative, management and logistical aspects of conducting a population and housing census. It is especially useful to officials in charge of large-scale data collection activities such as population, housing, agricultural censuses; household surveys and the like; and for students taking courses in demography and statistics.
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Handbook of Population and Housing Censuses, Part II, Demographic and Social CharcteristicsPart II: Demographic and Social Characteristics

Series: F, No. 54/PartII
Sales number: 91.XVII.9
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]*[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]

This publication is part two of the census handbook prepared by the United Nations for the World Programme on Population Censuses. The handbook is revised from time to time to reflect new developments and emerging issues in census-taking as well as national experiences in conducting the censuses each decade. This volume deals with the following census topics on demographic and social characteristics: age and sex, marital status, fertility, mortality, citizenship, language, national and/or ethnic characteristics, religion and disability. The Handbook will be useful to, among others, officials in charge of various census activities and students taking courses in demography and statistics.
--- Out of print.

Handbook of Population and Housing Censuses, Part III, Not issued

Series: F, No. 54/PartIII
Sales number: 
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Handbook of Population and Housing Censuses, Part IV, Economic Activity Status Part IV: Economic Activity Status

Series: F, No. 54/PartIV
Sales number: 96.XVII.13
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[Chinese][English]; [French]; *[Russian][Spanish]
Price: $25

This volume of the Handbook of Population and Housing Censuses deals with topics on economic activity status of the population. It analyses national experience with these topics in more than 350 population censuses carried out in 205 countries during the period 1965 to 1984 and summarizes these national practices relative to the United Nations recommendations for population censuses. It will serve users as a reference volume on economic activity status topics and tabulations.

Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Vol. I: Legal, Organization and Technical Aspects

Series: F, No. 35
Sales number: 91.XVII.5
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Price: $25
Volume: v.I

This Handbook supersedes the Handbook of Vital Statistics Methods published by the United Nations in 1955. It provides up-to-date guidance to countries to implement international recommendations adopted by the United Nations on vital statistics systems. Volume I addresses issues involved in running comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics systems and their coordination. Volume II, published in 1985, reviews national practices in civil registration and vital statistics systems and methods (Sales No. 84.XVII.11).

Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Vol. II: Review of National Practices

Series: F, No. 35
Sales number: 84.XVII.11
Languages:Click for help *[English]; *[French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]Volume: v.II

This Handbook supersedes the Handbook of Vital Statistics Methods published by the United Nations in 1955. It provides up-to-date guidance to countries to implement international recommendations adopted by the United Nations on vital statistics systems. Volume I addresses issues involved in running comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics systems and their coordination. Volume II, published in 1985, reviews national practices in civil registration and vital statistics systems and methods (Sales No. 84.XVII.11).------ Out of print.

Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses

Series: F, No. 83
Sales number: 00.XVII.15
Languages:Click for help [Arabic]; [Chinese]; [French]; [Russian][Spanish]
Price: $30

This publication is a reference document on management aspects of conducting a population and housing census. It provides guidance on how to (i) develop a structure able to effectively manage the census planning and operational processes; (ii) plan all the process that need to be considered in establishing a census; and (iii) design control and monitoring processes. The structure of the handbook reflects as closely as possible the census cycle. The initial chapters discuss management aspects concerning the planning and preparatory stages, followed by discussions on the operational stages (i.e. field operations and processing), dissemination of census results, and finally evaluation. The publication is also useful to those who need to plan surveys given the detailed description of the overall process of collecting, processing, and disseminating the data.

Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses

Series: F, No. 83/Rev.1
Sales number: 00.XVII.15/Rev.1
Languages:Click for help [English]
Price: $30
Revision: 1


(The present publication is identical to ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/83, except for the addition of annex VII). This publication is a reference document on management aspects of conducting a population and housing census. It provides guidance on how to (i) develop a structure able to effectively manage the census planning and operational processes; (ii) plan all the process that need to be considered in establishing a census; and (iii) design control and monitoring processes. The structure of the handbook reflects as closely as possible the census cycle. The initial chapters discuss management aspects concerning the planning and preparatory stages, followed by discussions on the operational stages (i.e. field operations and processing), dissemination of census results, and finally evaluation. The publication is also useful to those who need to plan surveys given the detailed description of the overall process of collecting, processing, and disseminating the data.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System -- Developing Information, Education and Communication

Series: F, No. 69
Sales number: 98.XVII.4
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic][Chinese][English][French]*[Russian][Spanish]
Price: $25

High quality civil registration provides reliable vital statistics and many other benefits to individuals, countries and their regions and communities and the world community. This handbook provides guidance to countries to design and conduct information, education and communication activities to support national civil registration and vital statistics systems. It covers development of a communication action plan for community workshops and meetings and for media, and special techniques to reach target groups and less privileged populations and those who live in rural areas. It also discusses resource mobilization, development of the time frame, required resources, and identification and mobilization of human resources. It is one of five handbooks for the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, to which the United Nations Statistics Division is focal point.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System -- Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records

Series: F, No. 70
Sales number: 98.XVII.6
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[Chinese][English][French]*[Russian][Spanish]
Price: $15

The Handbook is a comprehensive guide for countries in designing policies on confidentiality of individual information on vital records and the adjunct statistical forms. It also offers methods to permanently store and protect vital records. The Handbook is one of a series of five prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division as part of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, launched in 1991.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization

Series: F, No. 73
Sales number: 98.XVII.10
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Price: $20

This Handbook provides guidance to national authorities for the development of data processing systems for civil registration and vital statistics systems. It focuses on advance planning for computerization and proposes options for countries to consider, including model organizational structures for computerization. It examines the framework, goals and purposes of computerization of civil registration, looks at the interfaces between civil registration, the vital statistics system and other governmental agencies, and enumerates some of the major decisions and problem areas that should be anticipated. This publication is one of a series of five handbooks prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division as part of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems launched in 1991.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance

Series: F, No. 72
Sales number: 98.XVII.11
Languages:Click for help [Arabic][Chinese][English][French][Russian][Spanish]
Price: $35

This Handbook provides guidance to countries for the improvement of their civil registration and vital statistics systems and background and specifications for developing and establishing civil registration and vital statistics systems in countries that do not yet have such systems in place. The Handbook deals with essential components of structure, management, operation and maintenance functions to handle the entire range of vital events-live births, deaths, foetal deaths, marriages and dissolutions of marriage- from the civil registration and the vital statistics perspectives. It also covers forms, data collection, record processing, storing and editing of information, issues of security, certificate issuing of vital records, the functional relations between the civil registration system and the vital statistics system, the legal and administrative requirements and the daily operational and maintenance activities to ensure completeness, timeliness and accuracy. The Handbook is one of a series of five prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division as part of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems launched in 1991.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Framework

Series: F, No. 71
Sales number: 98.XVII.7
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Price: $40

This handbook is one in a series of five prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division, with financial support from the United Nations Population Fund, under the auspices of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems initiated in 1991. It shows how to develop a comprehensive legal framework for a civil registration system that support its juridical function, its role as a source of continuous vital statistics, and by other agencies such as the health ministry, electoral rolls, identification services, population registers, pension funds, which depend on accurate registration data. The handbook will assist country experts in preparing a civil registration law to conduct complete, accurate and timely registration of vital events (live births, foetal deaths, marriages, divorces, legal separations, annulments of marriage, deaths, adoptions, legitimations, recognitions). It is also a suitable text-book for training courses in demographic analysis, statistics, law, public health, statistics in medical schools and social sciences.

Handbook on Population and Housing Census Editing

Series: F, No. 82
Sales number: 00.XVII.9
Languages:Click for help [Arabic][Chinese][English]; [French]; [Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $20

This publication provides an overview of census and survey data editing methodology and information on the use of various approaches to census editing and reviews the advantages and disadvantages of manual and computer-assisted editing. It presents, in detail, procedures and techniques for editing census data at various stages of processing. Technical considerations, particularly those pertinent to programming, are covered in annexes. Although the focus is primarily on editing for population and housing censuses, many of the concepts and techniques also apply to survey operations.

Handbook on Population and Housing Census Editing, Revision 1

Series: F, No. 82/Rev.1
Sales number: 09.XVII.11
Languages:Click for help [Arabic][Chinese][English][French][Russian][Spanish]
Price: $52
Revision: 1


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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.

Handbook on Social Indicators

Series: F, No. 49
Sales number: 89.XVII.6
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; [English]; *[French]; *[Russian]; [Spanish]
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Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

Series: F, No. 84
Sales number: 02.XVII.10
Languages:Click for help [Arabic][Chinese][English][[French][Russian][Spanish]
Price: $40

This Handbook provides guidance for developing national capability to operate and maintain, in a coordinated manner, the fundamental systems of civil registration and vital statistics. It contains course material, consisting of 23 modules that can be adapted to conduct an effective and comprehensive training on the essentials for civil registration and vital statistics systems. The modules addresses a range of issues related to the establishment, operation and maintenance of reliable civil registration and vital statistics systems. The Handbook is based on the United Nations Principles and Recommendations, Revision 2 (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/19/Rev.2) and the related five preceding handbooks on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (see: http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/demog/vital_statistics/publications.htm).[more...]

Household Accounting Experience in Concepts and Compilation Vol. 1 Household Sector Accounts, Vol. 2 Household Satellite Extension

Series: F, No. 75
Sales number: 00.XVII.16
Languages:Click for help [Arabic] Vol.1; [Arabic] Vol.2; [Chinese]; [English] Vol.1, [English] Vol.2[French] Vol.1, [French] Vol.2;  +[Russian] Vol.2; +[Spanish]
Price: $85

This Handbook focuses on household sector accounts and possible satellite extensions as described in the 1993 SNA. It compiles contributions of various authors specialized in this field, reflecting a number of country experiences. Its objective is to assist countries in developing their own data sources, household sector accounts, rather than treating this sector as a residual. Volume 1 contains a description of the household sector and its complex relationship to the informal sector, and presents country and case studies and describes the links to other sectors. Volume 2 is devoted to the various types of satellite accounting, including human resources accounting and systems of economic and social accounting matrices. The final chapter focusses more generally on the measurement concerning social issues.

Housing in the World, Graphical Presentation of Statistical Data

Series: F, No. 63
Sales number: 93.XVII.10
Languages:Click for help [English] only
Price: $15

This publication offers an overview of basic housing indicators with methodological notes on time periods available and sources of data for further references. Indicators covered refer to the type of housing unit or living quarters, type of tenure, type of bathing, cooking, heating and toilet facilities in housing units and the source of water supply. The publication covers 136 countries or areas.

Improving Social Statistics in Developing Countries: Conceptual Framework and Methods

Series: F, No. 25
Sales number: 79.XVII.12
Languages:Click for help *[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]
In this technical report, part one, "Promoting the improvement of social statistics in developing countries", outlines a general strategy for the development and integration of social statistics programmes in developing countries. It is concerned primarily with the practical problems of organizing and implementing integrated programmes for improving social statistics. It examines the nature and purpose of social statistics, the rationale for a programme to improve them, the uses to which they can be put and the value of placing them in a co-ordinated general framework for integration, presented in part two. It suggests possible ways of developing practical and viable statistical operations to make social statistics more relevant, sufficient, timely and co-ordinated. Part two, "Framework for the integration of social and demographic statistics in developing countries", presents a conceptual outline and a discussion of technical methods for improving and integrating social, demographic and related economic statistics that may be feasible for developing countries to apply in the medium-term future, consonant with their statistical and social circumstances and priorities for improving the welfare and living conditions of their populations. The approach presented is one of step-by-step integration and systematization of social statistics and social indicators, fully integrated with the continuous development of the required basic statistics in social, demographic and related fields.------ Out of print.

Improving Statistics and Indicators on Women Using Household Surveys

Series: F, No. 48
Sales number: 88.XVII.11
Languages:Click for help [Arabic]; [English]; [French]; [Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $17

Presents practical guidance for using household surveys to collect statistics and indicators on women across the various economic and social fields covered by survey programmes.

International Definition and Measurement of Levels of Living (An Interim Guide)

Series: E, No. CN.3/270/Rev.1
Sales number: 61.IV.7
Languages:Click for help [English][French][Spanish]

This historical document, issued in 1961, was the first to address comprehensively international concerns for comparable reporting of levels of living among countries. It suggests a set of basic components (subjects) of levels of living, indicators for each component, and additional basic indicators needed as background. It was prepared for use as an authoritative basic guide for governments, research organizations and others in the standardization and measurement of levels of living and provides invaluable information on early statistical thinking in this field. It superseded the 1954 report of a committee of experts, International Definition and Measurement of Standards and Levels of Living (E/CN.3/179- E/CN.5/299). The Guide was issued jointly by the United Nations, the International Labour Office, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization.

Manual for the Development of Statistical Information for Disability: Programmes and Policies

Series: Y, No. 8
Sales number: 96.XVII.4
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; [English]; [French]; *[Russian]; [Spanish]
Price: $12.5

This authoritative Manual will support a more systematic approach to data collection and development of statistical information related to disability. It has been prepared for programme managers and others concerned with production and use of statistical information for implementing, monitoring and evaluating disability policies and programs.

Methodology and Evaluation of Population Registers and Similar Systems

Series: F, No. 15
Sales number: 69.XVII.15
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]; *[Chinese]; *[English]*[French]; *[Russian]; *[Spanish]
Price: $1.5

This technical study is a comparative review of information available on continuous population registers and similar systems operating in different countries of the world as of the end of 1967. It is designed to provide some indication of the possibilities of utilizing such registers for obtaining statistical information on individuals, households, families and other units of analysis for potential use in demographic, biologic, medical, sociological and genetic studies.----- Out of print.

Methods of Measuring Women's Economic Activity--Technical Report

Series: F, No. 59
Sales number: 93.XVII.6
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This comprehensive study focuses on issues of data compilation, tabulation and interpretation as means to improve labour force statistics on women. It presents a full set of illustrative tabulations that statisticians and researchers can use to examine women's economic activity in much more depth. It also examines background material on statistical concepts and methods recommended for data collection on economic activity and on national practices in over 20 countries.------ Out of print.

Methods of Measuring Women's Participation in the Informal Sector

Series: F, No. 46
Sales number: 90.XVII.16
Languages:Click for help *[Arabic]*[Chinese]*[English]*[French]*[Russian]*[Spanish]

This publication reviews the development of statistics on women's and men's participation in the informal sector, including both remunerated and unremunerated work. Empirical illustrations from national studies are included.
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Population and Vital Statistics Report

Series: A, No. 259
Sales number: EPV651SUBSC
Languages:Click for help [English]
Price: $35
Volume: LXV

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The United Nations Statistics Division issued the Population and Vital Statistics report in hard copy. This report, in this format, is published once a year, while the electronic version is updated every two weeks at the UNSD website. The report presents data on total, female and male population counts from the most recent population census, population estimates and number and rates of vital events - births, deaths and infant deaths - for all the countries of the world. These data are presented as reported by national statistical authorities to the United Nations Demographic Yearbook.[more...]

Preparation of Sampling Survey Reports

Series: C, No. 1 (Revised)
Sales number: 1950
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Revision: 1


This historically significant document from 1950 provides a set of suggestions for the preparation of sampling survey reports. It is one of the earliest set of international guidelines which dealt with the use of technical terminology in various aspects of the sampling process. It was prepared by the Sub-Commission on Statistical Sampling of the Statistical Commission, whose members were Prof. G. Darmois, W.E. Deming, Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis (Chairman), F. Yates and Prof. R.A. Fisher (consultant). The suggestions in this handbook still provide a useful guide for achieving clarity, comprehensiveness, and international comparability in sample survey reporting.

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2

Series: M, No. 19/Rev.2
Sales number: 01.XVII.10
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The Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 2 is a guide for national governments in establishing and maintaining reliable civil registration systems for legal documentation on events throughout the lifetime of individuals from birth, changes in marital status, and to death. It provides technical guidance on standards, concepts, definitions, and classifications for civil registration and vital statistics to further increase international comparability of data. This publication, supersedes the Principles and Recommendations published in 1973. It includes developments in technology and computing, that can greatly enhance civil registration. It is also an important reference book for teaching and training on vital statistics and civil registration systems in population research institutes, training centers and universities. Companion to this book are series of Handbooks on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems issued by the United Nations over the last several years.

Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 3

Series: M, No. 19/Rev.3
Sales number: 13.XVII.10
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The publication Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 3 is an international standard on the design and operation of an efficient and accurate vital statistics system at national level. The publication provides guidelines on collection, compiling and disseminating vital statistics. More specifically it contains (a) basic principles for a vital statistics system; (b) uses of vital statistics and civil registration records; (c) topics to be covered in a vital statistics system; (d) sources of vital statistics and how they function; (e) quality assurance in the vital statistics system and (f) strategies in improving civil registration and vital statistics systems in countries.

The publication is prepared for National Statistical Offices and civil registrars to assist them with their daily work on registering vital events, and on compiling and disseminating vital statistics. It also informs policy makers and the general public on the importance of vital statistics and hence further improving the vital statistics system.

Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses

Series: M, No. 67/Rev. 1
Sales number: 98.XVII.8
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Since its earliest years, the United Nations has issued a series of international recommendations on population and housing censuses to assist in planning and carrying out improved and cost-effective censuses. The structure of the revised Principles and Recommendations closely follows that of the previous recommendations. Modifications are made, in part one, regarding operational aspects of censuses. Part two combines topics for population censuses and those for housing censuses. An entirely new part, part three, has been added to highlight the needs of users. It also contains a section focused on the need to consider the relationship between census topics and specific uses of census data. Formats for selected tabulations for each population and housing topic together with a brief statement for users are shown in annexes. References and an index are shown at the conclusion of the publication.

Provisional Guidelines on Statistics of the Distribution of Income, Consumption and Accumulation of Households

Series: M, No. 61
Sales number: 77.XVII.1
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This publication presents guidelines that may be useful for countries at different stages of statistical development. It takes account of the particular problems of developing countries by noting modifications that those countries may find it convenient to make, by setting out priorities and by indicating where developing countries may find the recommendations either less useful or beyond their statistical capabilities. The publication consists of chapters on the purposes, character and scope of income distribution and related statistics; the structure of the distribution statistics in relation to the national accounts and balances; the definition and classification of the statistical units; the definition and classification of incomes; the definition and classification of consumption; the definition and classification of investment and its financing; and tables on distribution statistics. Annex I contains about 30 tables on distribution statistics, and annex II discusses the sources and methods of estimating the data on the distribution of income, consumption and accumulation of the household sector.------ Out of print.

Recommendations for the Preparation of Sample Survey Reports (Provisional Issue)

Series: C, No. 1, Rev.2
Sales number: 64.XVII.7
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This 1960 United Nations publication of recommendations updates its historical predecessor on sampling survey reporting and sampling methodology, contained in The Preparation of Sampling Survey Reports, Series C, No. 1 (1950). The revised set of recommendations was prepared by an expert group consisting of F. Yates as chairman, P.C. Mahalanobis as vice-chairman, and T. Dalenium, N. Keyfitz, V. Monakhov and P. Thionet. Issued in response to the changes and development in methodological aspects of statistical sampling in the 1950s.

Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration, Revision 1

Series: M, No. 58/Rev.1
Sales number: 98.XVII.14
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This new revision of recommendations on statistics of international migration addresses several contemporary developments: (a) the increased importance of international migration flows worldwide; (b) the greater heterogeneity and variety of migrant subcategories subsumed within the "long-term migrant" category, as internationally defined; and (c) the recognition that countries largely use their own definitions in collecting data and substantial analysis is needed to achieve international comparability. The new recommendations provide a means of integrating the varied types of information available. A framework is provided for improving the quality and the comparability of international migration statistics while facilitating the access of users to meaningful and sound information on key aspects of international migration. The recommendations were based on extensive consultation with national experts and collaboration among international organizations, including the United Nations, Eurostat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Labour Organisation and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Selected Statistical Indicators on Youth 1985 (wall chart)

Series: Y, No. 1/Add 1
Sales number: 85.XVII.12A
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Social Indicators (Internet only)

Series: K, No. 13
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Social Indicators: Preliminary Guidelines and Illustrative Series

Series: M, No. 63
Sales number: 78.XVII.8
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Statistical Chart on Children: Early Child Development and Learning Achievement 1990 (wall chart)

Series: Y, No. 5
Sales number: 90.XVII.14
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Price: $5.95

This poster was produced in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Health Organization with nine indicators for 160 countries, it demonstrates how child, family and community factors such as infant mortality rates, malnutrition, female illiteracy and access to health service have a powerful influence on school enrolment rates and educational progress.

Statistical Chart on World Families (wall chart)

Series: Y, No. 7
Sales number: non-sales
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This poster focuses on the special responsibilities and living conditions of families and households, using the most recent data from more than 160 countries. It was prepared in collaboration with the Secretariat of the International Year of the Family in observance of the International Year of the Family 1994. The chart shows the size and formation of families and households through the average size of households, the proportion of women-headed households and the mean age of marriage of men and women. It emphasizes the special responsibilities of families and households in the proportions of children, elderly and disabled and displays living conditions of households and families.

Statistical Charts and Indicators on the Situation of Youth 1980-1995

Series: Y, No. 9
Sales number: 98.XVII.15
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Price: $10.95

Youth are at the forefront of global, social, economic and political developments. Statistical Charts and Indicators on the Situation of Youth is a statistical and analytical sourcebook that uses charts and graphs to highlight main aspects and trends in the social and economic situation of youth from 1980-1995 in 202 countries. The format and statistics are as simple as possible so that they can readily be understood and used by non-specialists. The five chapters cover population, education and training, economic activity, health and child-bearing, and households and marital status. The charts and tables are accompanied by statements of how the indicators are defined, where the data are from and how they can be interpreted. The book was prepared by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat to promote the development of statistics and indicators to contribute to improved awareness and policies on youth. It updates previous issues from 1992 and 1985.

Statistical Indicators on Youth

Series: Y, No. 1
Sales number: 85.XVII.12
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Statistics and Indicators on Women in Africa 1986

Series: K, No. 7
Sales number: 89.XVII.11
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This is an extract of statistics from the Compendium of Statistics and Indicators on the Situation of Women 1986. It brings together the available statistics and indicators for 52 countries or areas in Africa and 31 tables, covering the same fields as the global Compendium, it also includes a new table on population statistics programmes and national household surveys undertaken in co-operation with the United Nations National Household Survey Capability Programme, to assist in locating more comprehensive and up-to-date data in specific countries.------ Out of print.

Statistics of Internal Migration--A Technical Report

Series: F, No. 23
Sales number: 78.XVII.13
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This report will assist countries in collecting and analysing statistics of internal migration and to provide information on current national practices. It contains information on the need for such statistics, the uses of the data, the definition of internal migration, the sources of data and the collection, tabulation and publication of data on the characteristics of internal migrants.------ Out of print.

Studies in the Integration of Social Statistics--A Technical Report

Series: F, No. 24
Sales number: 79.XVII.4
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This publication consists of four papers: "System of social and demographic statistics (SSDS): potential uses and usefulness"; "Strategy for further work on the framework for the integration of social and demographic statistics"; "Issues and terms of reference for further work"; and "National practices and plans in reporting statistics of levels of living". These papers were originally prepared between 1974 and 1978 for discussion of the progress and issues in this evolving field. They provide an overall perspective on recent national and international work on the integration of social, demographic and related economic and environmental statistics and suggest promising avenues for further work. The report provides a record of international work in this field since the publication in 1974 of Towards a System of Social and Demographic Statistics (Series F, No. 18).------ Out of print.

Supplementary Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses

Series: M, No. 67/Add.1
Sales number: 90.XVII.9
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Price: $17


Survey of National Sources of Income Distribution Statistics

Series: M, No. 72
Sales number: 81.XVII.7
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This publication analyses the available sources of income distribution statistics in 60 countries. The various approaches taken by the countries provide an indication of the problems involved in establishing meaningful international comparisons of income distribution statistics. Each chapter on a country contains five sections: introduction, standards adopted, data collection, presentation of results, and reliability. In some chapters, where there was more than one source in the country, a section on other sources is included.------ Out of print.

The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics

Series: K, No. 17
Sales number: E.05.XVII.7
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The World's Women 2005 uniquely reviews and analyses the current availability of data and assesses progress made in the reporting of national statistics, as opposed to internationally prepared estimates, relevant to gender concerns. Analyzing statistics reported by 204 countries during the past 30 years, The World's Women 2005 sets out a blueprint for improving the availability of data in the areas of demographics, health, education, work, violence against women, poverty, decision-making and human rights.[more...]

The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics (wall chart)

Series: K, No. 18
Sales number: 06.XVII.6
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Price: $10

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The Wall Chart presents excerpts from The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics. It includes key indicators for each country on women and men in the areas of population, marriage, health, education, economic activity, and participation in political decision-making, and charts the extent of global reporting of sex-disaggregated statistics in those areas. Through easy-to-read maps, it also identifies those countries that conducted a population census in the 2000 census round and those that registered at least 90 per cent of births during the period 1995-2003.

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

Series: K, No. 19
Sales number: 10.XVII.11
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The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world, highlighting the current situation and changes over time. It was prepared to coincide with and in observance of the first-ever World Statistics Day, 20.10.2010. The report is the fifth in the series which has been published every five years, as called for in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. As in the past editions, the presentation is made in a format and language that non-specialists can readily understand.
The World's Women 2010 reveals that progress towards the goal of gender equality has been made in the last two decades in a number of areas, although uneven and, for the most part, quite modest. In some areas it is clear that there is a long way to go before gender equality is achieved. These are elaborated in the following eight chapters of the report, each representing a broad area of concern: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. A wide selection of the statistics and indicators at the country level are presented in the Statistical Annex of the report. [more]

Towards a System of Social and Demographic Statistics

Series: F, No. 18
Sales number: 74.XVII.8
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This is a comprehensive technical report on the results of the design and delineation of a system of social and demographic statistics. The Statistical Commission considered that it would be a valuable source of information for the development and rationalization of social and demographic statistics and would provide a useful basis for continuing the work on the system. It was prepared by Sir Richard Stone, as consultant to the United Nations. ----- Out of print.

Training Users and Producers in Compiling Statistics and Indicators on Women and Development

Series: F, No. 45
Sales number: 87.XVII.6
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Price: $17

Presents the syllabus, training exercises and summaries of lectures and discussions from the subregional seminar for users and producers of statistics and indicators on women in development, held in Harare in 1985.

United Nations Disability Statistics Data Base, 1975-1986: Technical Manual

Series: Y, No. 3
Sales number: 88.XVII.12
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WISTAT--Women's Indicators and Statistical Database (version 3) User's Guide and Reference Manual

Series: K, No. 10/Rev.1
Sales number: 96.XVII.14
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Price: $25
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This valuable guide and reference for users of Wistat 3, the Wistat User's Guide and Reference Manual describes in detail the organization of data in the database, gives definitions, sources and limitations of statistics and indicators in the database and provides a comprehensive set of reference annexes listing topics and series included in Wistat 3, countries or areas included in the database and other useful information.

Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), version 4 on CD-ROM

Series: K, No. 15
Sales number: 00.XVII.4
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Price: $149

Wistat on CD-ROM is a comprehensive and authoritative compilation of currently available statistics and indicators on gender, population and development for 206 countries or areas, covering mainly the period 1970 to 1997.[more...]

World's Women 1995: Trends and Statistics

Series: K, No. 12
Sales number: 95.XVII.2
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Price: $15.95

Building on the highly successful first issue in 1990, the 1995 issue provides information and analyses to highlight the economic, political and social differences that still separate women and men. It traces changes that have taken place in the last two decades in the situation of women in the areas of health, education, family life, work and public life. New topics include migration and refugees, reproductive health, women in the media and violence against women. The book presents detailed indicators on women's conditions worldwide and underlines work that must be done to further develop gender statistics.

World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics

Series: K, No. 16
Sales number: 00.XVII.14
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Price: $16.95

The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics is the third quinquennial report that comprehensively examines the status of women through the lens of statistical data and analysis. It highlights the main findings of statistical analysis on women's situation as compared to men's worldwide in a broad range of fields, including families, health, education, work, human rights and politics.[more...]


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