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1992) have found a great deal of inconsistency in the reporting of race on the death certificate when it is matched to the birth certificate for infants who died in the first year of life. 2% of the time. 2% of the time. , 1992). All of these pieces of data show enormous flux and inconsistency in the data that try to “objectively” measure race and ethnicity (see also Hirschman, page 56). The reality is that while the major race and ethnic groups in the United States stay relatively stable in the short run, there is enormous movement and fuzziness when you look closely at the boundaries of the groups, and when you look for consistency and stability at the individual level.

For instance, analyzing the ancestry data from the 1980 Census, Lieberson and Waters (1986; 1988; 1993) found evidence of change in the ancestries reported across the life course of individuals, and intergenerationally. For instance, parents who were intermarried tended to simplify the ancestry information they reported for their children. Farley (1991) also found evidence that the numbers of people reporting particular ancestries in the Census did not match those reported in sample surveys conducted by the Current Population Survey.

This approach would count a person in each race that they marked. This would involve double or triple counting. If a person said they were Asian and White they would be counted in both of those categories. This would mean that the counts would add to more than 100% and you would end up with a count of races, not of people. 3. Historical series approach. This approach would reclassify those who chose more than one race back into a single race in a set of mutually exclusive categories that add up to 100%.

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