Imagining a Census Survey Without a Mandate

This is an update to a May 17th post on challenges to the American Community Survey’s mandatory response status via a House Bill [H.R. 931] introduced by Ted Poe, (R, TX):

Imagining a Census Survey Without a Mandate
Carl Bialik | Wall Street Journal (Blog post)
June 5, 2013
This piece mentions to former ISR researchers: Leslie Kish’s role in the move away from a decennial census to the ACS and Bob Groves’ on the currency of the ACS data. However, it mostly focuses on the statistical issues, which a voluntary ACS would introduce.

Census Gets Questions on Mandatory Queries
Carl Bialik | Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2012
Old article, but the issues are the same.

The Census’s 21st-Century Challenges
Carl Bialik | Wall Street Journal (Blog)
July 30, 2010
This piece talks about Canada’s foray into a voluntary census, which we’ve also covered. A good source for quotes about response bias.

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