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NCJ Number: NCJ 242452    
Title: Nordic Register Data and Their Untapped Potential for Criminological Knowledge (From Crime and Justice in Scandinavia, P 613-645, Michael Tonry and Tapio Lappi-Seppala, eds. - See NCJ-242441)
Author(s): Torkild Hovde Lyngstad ; Torbjorn Skardhamar
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 33
  Annotation: This essay surveyed register data sources.
Abstract: The Nordic countries have developed similar advanced register data systems for purposes of producing official statistics and research. The register's advantages in criminological research include the ability to maintain data on the total population; the possibility of studying small subpopulations; a virtually continuous timeline in longitudinal dataset; using panel data designs with no sample attrition; having few or no non-responses or other missing data; making connections between different observation units, such as family members; and the ability to construct research designs that are practically impossible with surveys. Use of register data for research requires legislation that protects the privacy of individuals and regulates access to data. Register data have been used extensively in demographic, economic, and sociological research. There is a huge and largely untapped potential for their use in criminological research. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics ; Research methods ; Information Systems and Technology ; Criminal justice statistics ; Criminal justice research ; Scandinavia
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Country: United States of America
Language: English
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