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Activity Number: 159 - What Happens When the U.S. Population Is Undercounted in the Decennial Census?
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Committee of Representatives to AAAS
Abstract #309665
Title: The End of the Census
Author(s): David Swanson*
Companies: University of California, Riverside
Keywords: net undercount; costs; administrative records; executive order 13880; differential privacy; pandemic

A leading indicator of whether the 2020 census will be our last is its overall participation rate. If participation is substantially less than the 74% recorded for the 2010 Census (see Appendix), the attempt to compensate for missing data to complete an accurate census will generate a flurry of activities within the Census Bureau and will also raise costs. As of May 27th, the national response rate was 60.2 percent ( Simultaneously, the Census Bureau will have to deal with a corrupt administration (,,, lawsuits, the covid-19 pandemic, “differential privacy” (Mervis, 2019) and a less than functional replacement for the American Factfinder, (

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