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Using the American community survey : benefits and challenges / Panel on the Functionality and Usability of Data from the American Community Survey, Constance F. Citro and Graham Kalton, editors ; Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10672-6 (pbk. perfect bound : alk. paper)

ISBN-10: 0-309-10672-9 (pbk. perfect bound : alk. paper) 1. American community survey. 2. Household surveys—United States. 3. United States—Census. I. Citro, Constance F. (Constance Forbes), 1942- II. Kalton, Graham. III. National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on the Functionality and Usability of Data from the American Community Survey. IV. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on National Statistics.

HA37.U55U85 2007

317.3—dc22

2007024090

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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2007). Using the American Community Survey: Benefits and Challenges. Panel on the Functionality and Usability of Data from the American Community Survey, Constance F. Citro and Graham Kalton, Editors. Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.



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