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Mercer L. Sullivan


This paper reports the results of a research project undertaken under a Joint Statistical Agreement between the Bureau of the Census and Vera Institute of Justice. The purpose of the project was to determine whether reanalysis of existing ethnographic data on two New York City neighborhoods would show that the Census Bureau had undercounted persons in households in those neighborhoods and, if so, to explore motivational and cognitive factors underlying the underreporting of household residents to the Census Bureau.

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