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American Journal of Social Science Research, Vol.1, No.3, Aug. 2015, Pub. Date: Jun. 30, 2015
Age Reporting Error and Effect of Education: A Village Study
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[01] Jadab Kumar Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
[02] Barun Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Retired, Population Studies Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
[03] H. R. Tewari, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.
The present paper investigates the quality of age data and the effects of education on it in a small village, Ramna Etbar Nagar in the district of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. To find out the quality of age data, we critically analyzed single year data on age from the figures particularly ending in preferred digits and disliking of ages ending in odd digits, but age selective migration is assumed to be ineffective in this context. The corresponding graph is drawn in order to see the huge peaks and troughs at the preferred and disliking digits. The study reveals from the values and graph that the quality is not at par with the quality to be deemed necessary for any kind of work related to research and planning. Further, Myers’ index (1940) gives a value (71) which is conducive to the quality is unexpected in the area under study. Moreover, the Spearman rank difference correlation coefficient (ρ) method is applied on the ranking of ten digits, ‘0’ to ‘9’ and adopted in Turner’s method (1958) is also applied here and found (0.99) consistence with the Myers’ value. Finally, we find that the educational level of the population has an effect on the quality of age data.
Myers’ Index, Turner’s Method, and Spearman Rank Difference Correlation Coefficient (ρ)
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