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Using EU-SILC data for cross-national analysis: strengths, problems and recommendations

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  • Iacovou, Maria
  • Kaminska, Olena
  • Levy, Horacio

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The EU’s Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), launched in 2003, was the first micro-level data set to provide comprehensive data on incomes and other social and economic domains over the enlarged EU. This paper draws on two programmes of research to ask how well the EU-SILC has met the objectives with which it was designed. We focus on three areas: sampling and design, household dynamics, and incomes. In each domain the EU-SILC forms a unique and useful resource, but we also find problems and shortcomings, some of which could be rectified relatively easily, for the majority of countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2012-03.

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Date of creation: 17 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2012-03

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  1. Maria Iacovou & Alexandra J. Skew, 2011. "Household composition across the new Europe: Where do the new Member States fit in?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 25(14), pages 465-490, August.
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  1. Lidia Ceriani & Carlo V. Fiorio & Chiara Gigliarano, 2013. "The importance of choosing the data set for tax-benefit analysis," International Journal of Microsimulation, Interational Microsimulation Association, vol. 1(6), pages 86-121.
  2. Salvatore Morelli & Timothy Smeeding & Jeffrey Thompson, 2014. "Post-1970 Trends in Within-Country Inequality and Poverty: Rich and Middle Income Countries," CSEF Working Papers, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy 356, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  3. Tim Goedemé & Diego Collado & Leen Meeusen, 2014. "Mountains on the move: recent trends in national and EU-wide income dynamics in old and new EU Member States," ImPRovE Working Papers, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp 14/05, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
  4. Maria Iacovou, 2013. "The relationship between incomes and living arrangements: variation between countries, over the life course, and over time," ImPRovE Working Papers, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp 13/15, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
  5. Nuno Alves & Carlos Martins, 2012. "Mobility and income inequality in the European Union and in Portugal," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  6. Melissa Engel & Sandra Schaffner, 2012. "How to Use the EU-SILC Panel to Analyse Monthly and Hourly Wages," Ruhr Economic Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen 0390, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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