Counting the population.
Population and Societies
n° 409, February 2005
The multiplier method in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Most countries count their populations by census.INSEE conducted the second round of the new rench census in January 2005. But this was not always the case. In the seventeenth and eighteenthcenturies, an indirect enumeration technique, called the "multiplier", was preferred. Jean-Marc ohrbasser explains how the method works and cites examples of its use, from France to China.