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The Use of Vital Statistics in the 2010 Demographic Analysis Estimates

Working Paper Number POP-WP088
Jason Devine, Larry Sink, Bethany DeSalvo, and Rachel Cortes

Abstract

This paper was prepared along with three companion documents to facilitate discussion during a Demographic Analysis technical review workshop. The paper focuses on the use of vital statistics in Demographic Analysis and: 1) describes the use of vital statistics data in Demographic Analysis, 2) identifies key issues related to the use of birth records in Demographic Analysis, 3) outlines issues related to how race is reported in the decennial census, and 4) provides an overview of ongoing research.

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