Are births underreported in rural China? Manipulation of statistical records in response to China’s population policies

  title={Are births underreported in rural China? Manipulation of statistical records in response to China’s population policies},
  author={M. Giovanna Merli and Adrian E. Raftery},
Under the current family planning policy in China, the criterion for evaluating all parties involved in the birth planning system provides an incentive for everyone to see that the policy is met, either in reality through strict enforcement of family planning regulations, or statistically through manipulation of statistical records. We investigate underreporting of births in four rural counties of northern China, using data from a 1992 sample survey featuring a reproductive history. To clarify… Expand

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