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2014, iss. 11, pp. 53-77
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 04/06/2015
Methodological issues of demographic analysis: The reconciliation of census data and vital statistics with administrative-territorial changes: Case study of Eastern Serbia


Researching demographic phenomena for the purpose of public policies in Serbia (MESTD - 47006)


Demographic analysis of certain population directly depending on the available statistical material which is distributed according to administrative-territorial units of different ranks, and often doesn't coincide with the geographic areas. Although statistical evidence of the Serbian population has a long tradition, its use value in the demographic analysis strongly depends on several factors such as: frequent administrative-territorial changes, unequal intervals of censuses, changes on methodological solutions of statistical evidence, as well as the lack of uniformity characteristics of population and its distribution in the final results. Frequent administrative-territorial changes in Serbia during the XIX and XX century significantly make it difficult to continuous monitoring of long-term demographic changes that disturbs the criterion of comparability. Therefore, this paper specifically highlights methodological problems of reconciliation of available statistical material with administrative-territorial changes in the case of Eastern Serbia, and presents some suggestions for overcoming of problem which directly affects the quality of demographic analysis.


demographic analysis; administrative-territorial changes; census; vital statistics; Eastern Serbia