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Activity Number: 196
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #307097
Title: What Do We Know About Why Young Children Are Missed in the Decennial Census?
Author(s): William O'Hare
Companies: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Keywords: census ; children

Abstract Children, particularly children under age 5, have been undercounted in the decennial census for many decades. In the 2000 Census, Demographic Analysis reveals that there was a net undercount of about 750,000 children under age 5, which amounts to 4 percent of this population. This is a much higher net undercount rate than any other age group. Despite the undercount of children as a persistent problem there are very few studies focused on this problem, and no study of this problem has been conducted based on the results of the 2000 Census. This study documents the undercount of children and explores data related to some of the theories about why young children are missed in the Census. Potential explanations center on possibly misguided imputations (resulting in a net overcount of teenagers and undercount of preschoolers), the census form used to collect data which only has

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