Statistical coherence of primary schooling in population census microdata: IPUMS-international integrated samples compared for fifteen African countries

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Abstract

The IPUMS-International project, now in its fifteenth year, integrates and disseminates population microdata for twenty-two African countries (82 countries world-wide) and the number continues to increase as more National Statistical Offices cooperate with the initiative. Statistical quality is a serious concern both for the producers of the microdata as well as the researchers who use them. This paper applies the intra-cohort comparison method to pairs of integrated (harmonized) samples for fifteen African countries to assess statistical coherence using as a benchmark the proportion completing primary school by single years of birth. Samples for six countries show near perfect coherence (R2 >.9, and regression coefficients ~1.0 +/-<0.08). For a second group of five countries, coefficients are only slightly larger (R2 > 0.6 <0.9). Large deviations from 1.0 characterize samples for only four countries. On the whole, the results suggest that samples for the fifteen countries have considerable utility for socio-demographic analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1570-1586
Number of pages17
JournalEtude de la Population Africaine
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Census microdata
  • Data quality
  • Educational attainment
  • IPUMS-international
  • Metadata
  • Population census
  • Primary schooling
  • Statistical coherence

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