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The Dutch Virtual Census 2001: A New Approach by Combining Different Sources

Jan Beise
This paper by Eric Schulte Nordholt from Statistics Netherlands discusses the methodology of the Dutch Virtual Census. Tables for the 2001 Dutch Virtual Census were obtained by combining data from a wide variety of administrative registers and sample surveys, and not by interviewing inhabitants through a complete enumeration. The paper provides detailed information on how records from the different registers as well as from the sample surveys are linked and the methodological adjustments carried out to obtain the statistical tables. A newly developed method of "repeated weighting" guarantees that combining survey and register information leads to consistent estimates in the tables of the Census Programme.

Paper presented at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Seminar on New Methods for Population Censuses, Geneva, 22 November 2004.


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