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Type Working Paper
Title Updated unified category system for 1960-2000 Census occupations
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
URL http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
Occupation categories in the U.S. Censuses of Population change every ten years. Meyer and Osborne (2005) proposed a
standardized category system to report consistent detailed occupational data from the 1960 to 2000 Censuses, based on the
occupations originally reported. This paper explores imputation of standardized occupation on the basis of further
information about the respondent and special data sets from the Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
which apply two Census occupation category systems to samples of respondents in the Current Population Survey. This
technique uses more detail and in particular situations can be more accurate on average.

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