Quotation Asamer, Eva-Maria, Astleithner, Franz, Cetkovic, Predrag, Humer, Stefan, Lenk, Manuela, Moser, Mathias, Rechta, Henrik. 2016. Quality assessment for register-based statistics - Results for the Austrian census 2011. Austrian Journal of Statistics, 45 (2), 3-14.




In 2011, Statistics Austria carried out its first register-based census. Advantages of using administrative data for statistical purposes are, among others, a reduced burden for respondents and lower cost for the National Statistical Institutes (NSI). However, new challenges, like need for a new approach to the quality assessment of this kind of data arise. Therefore, Statistics Austria developed a comprehensive standardized framework to evaluate data quality for register-based statistics. In this paper, we present the basic concept of this quality framework and provide detailed results from the quality evaluation of the Austrian census of 2011. More specifically, we derive a quality measure for each census attribute from four complementary hyperdimensions. The first three of these hyperdimensions address the documentation of data, the usability of records and an external data validation. The fourth hyperdimension focuses on the quality of data imputations. The proposed framework combines these different quality-related information sources for each attribute to form an overall quality indicator. This procedure allows to track changes in quality during data processing and to compare the quality of different census generations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Austrian Journal of Statistics
Language English
Title Quality assessment for register-based statistics - Results for the Austrian census 2011
Volume 45
Number 2
Year 2016
Page from 3
Page to 14
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.ajs.or.at/index.php/ajs/article/view/vol45-2-1/273
DOI na


Error Estimation for the register-based Census
Astleithner, Franz (Former researcher)
Cetkovic, Predrag (Details)
Humer, Stefan (Details)
Moser, Mathias (Details)
Asamer, Eva-Maria (Statistics Austria, Austria)
Lenk, Manuela (Statistics Austria, Austria)
Rechta, Henrik (Statistics Austria, Austria)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Economics of Inequality FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5311 Public finance (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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