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International Workshop on Subnational Population Projections using Census Data 17 – 18 January 2013 Beijing, China

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Session III: Preparing subnational projections using a top-down approach The ratio-method and its variations Advantages and shortcomings

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The ratio method: constant share Ratio method is applied mainly for projecting the population of small areas within a country for which all inputs required by the component method are not always readily available

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The ratio method: constant share The constant share method holds the smaller area’s share of the parent population constant at a certain point in time, usually at the base year. Data requirement are light: Population figures for the smaller areas are required for one point in time only, and for the parent area a population projection. Like all variations of the ratio method, the constant- share method is usually applied to total populations, sometimes disaggregated by sex

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Ratio Method I Constant Share

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Ratio method 6 Year2010201520202025 World population 6,896 (P 0 ) 7,283 (P 1 ) 7,656 (P 2 ) 8,003 (P 3 ) Asian Population 4,164--- Ratio of Asia to World, 2010 0.6039 (X 0 i ) --- Projected Asian population 4,398 (P 1 x X 0 i ) 4,623 (P 2 x X 0 i ) 4,833 (P 3 x X 0 i )

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Ratio method

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The ratio method: shift share The shift-share method allows for changes in population shares of the smaller areas over time. The trends of changing shares may be determined by inspecting past trends or by formulating appropriate assumptions. The shift-share method does not guarantee plausible results, so care must be taken and constraints introduced to avoid extremely large subpopulations or even negative population figures.

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Ratio Method II Shift Share

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The ratio method: share-of-growth Instead of population shares as in two preceding methods, the share-of-growth method is based upon population growth rates for the subpopulations. The method assumes that the observed population growth of the smaller areas will be constant over the projection period. The share-of-growth method experiences problems if there are growth rates with opposite signs for the subpopulations.

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Ratio Method III Share-of-Growth

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Advantages and shortcomings Minimum of data Ease of use Problematic for longer projection periods Complex for more detailed indicators (age, sex) No or little information on the demographic characteristics of the population

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