I have read the comments about inferential statistics on census data. I am doing PhD and also facing the same problem with a little difference.
I have collected census data from the population of deans, directors,chairpersons and head of departments because of lack of availability on their part and can get about 64 % response rate.
can i take this 64% response as my sample and by applying inferential statistics eg t test and One way ANOVA draw conclusion regarding mean difference on the basis of gender, age, experience, administrative posts and generalize the results on the whole population. iif it is so then please send me the reference of its justification so that i can defend this conceptual point in my phD thesis. i have been trying a lot but can not find the reference. please is there any one who can help me i shall appreciate and acknowledge it in my dissertation.