Population Research and Policy Review 21: 53–54, 2002. © 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Comments on “Coverage of the Population in Census 2000: Results from Demographic Analysis” and “Demographic comparison between self-response and personal visit interview in Census 2000”, Population Research and Policy Review, Special Issue: Census 2000 PETER SKERRY Claremont McKenna College and the Brookings Institution To a public-policy-oriented political scientist who has not devoted his en- tire career to the census, these two articles impress me, once again, with the seriousness of purpose with which those whose professional lives have focused on this basic and critically important governmental function pursue their craft. I am also reminded that this seriousness of purpose has resulted in progress vis-a-vis the long-standing problem of the differential minority undercount. But of course this is progress leavened with reminders of the continuing challenges ahead. The good news begins with the ﬁnding highlighted in “Demographic com- parison between self-response and personal visit interview in Census 2000” that the mail return held its own in 2000, compared to 1990. Even more to the point, of course, the net undercount was reduced in 2000, including the differential minority undercounts. But these gains obviously
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