Population census recently completed

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Population census recently completed
A census is defined as a population count that meets three requirements: universality, well-defined territory, and simultaneity.
Thomas Brambor et al. (2019) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
November 20, 2023
Next expected update
November 2024
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Thomas Brambor, Agustín Goenaga, Johannes Lindvall and Jan Teorell created The Information Capacity Dataset for their article "The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State". The Information Capacity Dataset offers numerical data on five institutions and policies that modern states use to collect information about their populations and territories: (1) the regular implementation of a reliable census, (2) the regular release of statistical yearbooks, the operation of (3) civil and (4) population registers, and (5) the establishment of a government agency tasked with processing statistical information. The dataset also includes an overall index of “information capacity” for 85 polities from 1750 to 2015.

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November 10, 2023
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Brambor, Thomas, Agustín Goenaga, Johannes Lindvall and Jan Teorell (2019) "The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State", Comparative Political Studies, version of record published online 2019

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This indicator is constructed by taking the value of the Census was run variable for the current year and the previous nine years and summing them up. The indicator takes the value 1 if the sum is greater than 0 and 0 otherwise.

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