Evaluation of alternative data sources for population estimates provides an overview of a diverse range of existing administrative and commercial data sources that might be useful for producing Statistics New Zealand’s population estimates. A set of detailed criteria is used to evaluate which data sources are worth investigating further.
The data sources are either already being used or might be used to inform population estimates. Of particular interest is whether a data source can provide timely information on internal migration that could assist with deriving annual subnational population estimates. Electoral enrolment data is currently used in a qualitative way, linked employer-employee data (LEED) may contribute as we further investigate its potential, while health service data has potential because it includes people of all ages.
Published September 2011
ISBN 978-0-478-37722-4 (online)