Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Enhancing Family Resources Survey income data with expenditure data from the Family Expenditure Survey: data comparisons


Author Info

  • Dayal N
  • Gomulka J
  • Mitton L
  • Sutherland H



In this paper we focus on a particular data requirement of tax-benefit microsimulation models in the UK: micro-data on both incomes and expenditures. Tax-benefit models estimate the revenue and distributional effects of changes in personal tax and social security policy. They require detailed and high quality micro-data on both incomes and expenditures for two principal reasons. Firstly, taxes may depend on either income or expenditures and it is often the combined the effect of both types of tax that is of interest. Secondly, although the distributional effects of changes are usually evaluated in terms of the distribution of household incomes, "consumption capability" rather than income itself is sometimes considered to be the concept that is most relevant (Department of Social Security, 1996a). This is better represented by the distribution of household expenditures. This second reason for needing both income and expenditure information for the same households is not confined to policy simulation models. It is also a requirement of many studies of household poverty and inequality including the Department of Social Securityís (DSS) Households Below Average Income series.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Microsimulation Unit at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series Microsimulation Unit Research Notes with number MU/RN/40.

as in new window
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2000
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:ese:msimrn:mu/rn/40

Contact details of provider:
Postal: RAB Butler Building, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, ESSEX C04 3SQ
Phone: +44 (0)1206 872957
Fax: +44 (0)1206 873151
Web page:
More information through EDIRC

Related research



References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
as in new window
  1. Sutherland, H. & Taylor, R. & Gomulka, J., 2001. "Combining Household Income and Expenditure Data in Policy Simulations," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0110, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Redmond,Gerry & Sutherland,Holly & Wilson,Moira, 1998. "The Arithmetic of Tax and Social Security Reform," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521632249, April.
  3. Taylor R & Sutherland H & Gomulka J, 2001. "Using POLIMOD to evaluate alternative methods of expenditure imputation," Microsimulation Unit Research Notes MU/RN/38, Microsimulation Unit at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. repec:ese:emodwp:em1-03 is not listed on IDEAS
  2. repec:ese:iserwp:2009-14 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Marco Francesconi & Holly Sutherland & Francesca Zantomio, 2011. "A comparison of earnings measures from longitudinal and cross‐sectional surveys: evidence from the UK," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 174(2), pages 297-326, 04.
  4. Taylor R & Sutherland H & Gomulka J, 2001. "Using POLIMOD to evaluate alternative methods of expenditure imputation," Microsimulation Unit Research Notes MU/RN/38, Microsimulation Unit at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  5. Sutherland, Holly & Taylor, Rebecca & Gomulka, Joanna, 2002. "Combining Household Income and Expenditure Data in Policy Simulations," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 48(4), pages 517-36, December.


This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ese:msimrn:mu/rn/40. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Paul Groves).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.