Harmonized census geography and spatio-temporal analysis: Gender equality and empowerment of women in Africa

Sula Sarkar, Lara Cleveland, Majory Silisyene & Matthew Sobek
Changes in administrative boundaries pose major challenges for spatio-temporal population research. Researchers interested in change over time need to hold space constant to study contextual or spatial effects on behaviors and outcomes. Boundary changes risk polluting their analyses with artifacts that obscure real changes that may have occurred. This paper describes the method by which spatially consistent geographic units have been constructed in the IPUMS-International census data collection for several countries over a fifty year...
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