ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS
Estimation of Basic Demographic Parameters and An Assessment of the Afghanistan Census of 1979
by Mohtasham Shalikar, Master of Arts in Demography (1983)
Taking into consideration the types of errors found in the reported data, specific techniques are applied to derive independent estimates regarding various demographic aspects of the Afghan population. Such estimates include the size of the Afghanistan “settled” population, its sex-age structure, marital composition and summary as well as specific measures of fertility and mortality.
The purposes of deriving these independent estimates are first, to serve as a source of information for evaluating the quality of data as reported in the census; and second, to provide certain statistics regarding basic demographic parameters. It is hoped that the findings of this study would meet the critical need for demographic information on the country and would yield some policy implications.