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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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  • Bönke, Timm & Schröder, Carsten & Werdt, Clive, 2010. "Compiling a harmonized database from Germany's 1978 to 2003 sample surveys of income and expenditure," Discussion Papers 2010/4, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:fubsbe:20104
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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. trimestrial data;

    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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