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


  • Timm Bönke


  • Carsten Schröder


  • Clive Werdt



Der vorliegende Beitrag zeigt die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines Versuchs, sechs Querschnitte der Einkommens- und Verbrauchsstichprobe (1978 bis 2003) intertemporal vergleichbar aufzubereiten. Insbesondere werden die Effekte eines Bruchs in der Erhebungsmethode auf die in den Querschnitten verzeichneten Ausgabenvariablen untersucht: Während die Daten in den Ausgabenvariablen der Querschnitte 1978 bis 1993 auf Jahresangaben der Befragten beruhen, dienen seit 1998 Quartalsangaben als Datengrundlage. Wir zeigen, dass diese Verkürzung der Befragungsperiode gerade bei unregelmäßig erworbenen dauerhaften Konsumgütern die intertemporale Vergleichbarkeit der Ausgabenvariablen einschränken kann. Aufbauend auf unseren Befunden schlagen wir verschiedene Möglichkeiten zur Harmonisierung vor und überprüfen deren Eignung. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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  • Timm Bönke & Carsten Schröder & Clive Werdt, 2013. "Compiling a harmonized database from Germany’s 1978 to 2003 sample surveys of income and expenditure," AStA Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv, Springer;Deutsche Statistische Gesellschaft - German Statistical Society, vol. 7(3), pages 135-168, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:astaws:v:7:y:2013:i:3:p:135-168 DOI: 10.1007/s11943-013-0134-1

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    1. Timm Bönke & Carsten Schröder & Katharina Schulte, 2010. "Incomes and Inequality in the Long Run: The Case of German Elderly," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 11, pages 487-510, November.
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    1. Nikodinoska, Dragana & Schröder, Carsten, 2016. "On the emissions–inequality and emissions–welfare trade-offs in energy taxation: Evidence on the German car fuels tax," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 206-233.

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    German Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure; Annual vs. quarterly surveyed data; C8; D1; D3; I3;

    JEL classification:

    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty


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