What happens when the census population figure does not match the estimates?

Population and Societies

411, April 2005

Censuses can produce unexpected results. François Héran and Laurent Toulemon review surprises in French censuses from 1968 to 2004. They examine the adjustments made by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), compare them with practice in the United Kingdom, and assess their effects on demographic indicators. They also explain how INSEE has made upward adjustments to net migration figures for recent years.

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