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Compiling a harmonized database from Germany's 1978 to 2003 sample surveys of income and expenditure

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  • Bönke, Timm
  • Schröder, Carsten
  • Werdt, Clive

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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. --

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Paper provided by Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2010/4.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: German Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure; annual vs. trimestrial data;

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  1. Bönke, Timm & Schröder, Carsten & Schulte, Katharina, 2008. "Incomes and inequality in the long run: the case of German elderly," Economics Working Papers 2008,06, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
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