Utilising expert opinion to improve the measurement of international migration in Europe

Arkadiusz Wiśniowski, Jakub Bijak, Solveig Christiansen, Jonathan J. Forster, Nico Keilman, James Raymer, Peter W.F. Smith

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    Abstract

    In this article, we first discuss the need to augment reported flows of international migration in Europe with additional knowledge gained from experts on measurement, quality and coverage. Second, we present our method for eliciting this information. Third, we describe how this information is converted into prior distributions for subsequent use in a Bayesian model for estimating migration flows amongst countries in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The article concludes with an assessment of the importance of expert information and a discussion of lessons learned from the elicitation process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)583-607
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Official Statistics
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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