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2010 Census Match Study Report

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2010 Census Planning Memo No. 247

Executive Summary

To reduce costs, many countries use administrative data to assist in censuses or as a replacement to traditional censuses (Farber and Leggieri 2002, Ralphs and Tutton 2011). Currently, administrative data are utilized in numerous, critical U.S. Census Bureau programs for population, economic, income and poverty, and health insurance estimates, but administrative data have not yet been extensively used to assist in decennial census operations. The Census Bureau is researching ways in which to use administrative data in decennial census operations to reduce costs. This study, building and expanding on previous research that utilized Census 2000 results, provides a foundation for decennial census operational research on administrative records by assessing the quality and coverage of administrative data relative to the 2010 Census.


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