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Title:Compiling a harmonized database from Germany's 1978 to 2003 sample surveys of income and expenditure PDF Logo
Authors:Bönke, Timm
Schröder, Carsten
Werdt, Clive
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:School of Business & Economics Discussion Paper 2010/4
Abstract:We outline a procedure for combining six cross-sections of the German Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure, and discuss potential pitfalls of such a venture. Particularly, we investigate the consequences of a major break in the survey design for inter-temporal comparisons of expenditure categories: a reduction of the surveying period from twelve to three month taking place between the census years 1993 and 1998. We demonstrate that for several commodities a division-by-four of annually-surveyed expenses cannot guarantee inter-temporal comparability of expenditure distributions. We suggest and test the performance of several alternative conversion procedures. Suitability of conversion strategies hinges upon good-specific purchase properties.
Subjects:German Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure
annual vs. trimestrial data
JEL:C8
D1
D3
I3
ISBN:978-3-941240-16-2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Diskussionsbeiträge, FB Wirtschaftswissenschaft, FU Berlin

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