Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.9, No.3, 1993. pp. 705–715
Patterns of Digit Preference and Avoidance in the Age Statistics of Some Recent African Censuses: 1970–1986
Mohamed Bailey and Toma J. Makannah
Abstract:This study uses single-year age data to examine the accuracy of age reporting and the patterns of digit preference in African censuses conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. Our analyses reveal that age misreporting is more pronounced among females than males; among rural than urban residents; and among Western than Southern African countries. However, the general pattern of digit preference and avoidance tends to be similar for different segments of the population. Adult literacy rate showed a significant negative effect on age misreporting.
Keywords:African censuses; digit preference; socioeconomic correlates.
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