Estimating Characteristics of the Foreign-Born by Legal Status

An Evaluation of Data and Methods

  • David A. Swanson
  • Dean H. Judson

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi

About this book


This brief represents a comprehensive review of methods for estimating characteristics of the foreign-born population in the United States, specifically oriented toward characteristics by legal status.  A variety of methods have been proffered over the past many decades, in a large variety of venues; this work brings them together, attempts to impart some order on the definition of “legal status,” and describes strengths and deficiencies both in methods and in data.  The authors have a combined 50 years of experience in both demographic and statistical methodology.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David A. Swanson
    • 1
  • Dean H. Judson
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyUniversity of California RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Decision AnalyticsAccokeekUSA

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