Data Uncertainties in China's Population Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2015

start page

  • 200

end page

  • 205


  • 13


  • 11

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1911-2017

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1911-2025


  • China's large population and many demographic phenomena have drawn much attention, but its population data are flawed. In the paper we address uncertainties regarding China's total population size, the fertility rate, and the death rate in China's census data. The review is aimed to alert users of China's data about the uncertainties and flaws so as to avoid misleading claims or research.


  • uncertainty
    population size
    fertility rate
    mortality rate