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Private household concepts and their operationalisation in national and international social surveys

Private Haushaltskonzepte und ihre Operationalisierung in nationalen und internationalen sozialwissenschaftlichen Umfragen

Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P.; Warner, Uwe


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Körperschaftlicher Herausgeber GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Abstract "Different cultures and states use their national definition of 'private household'. In the EU nearly each country has an own definition of household. These definitions correspond to the cultural and national structures of social life. The differences result in diverse household compositions and unequal sizes across European nations. Comparing household measures over countries survey analysts face several inconveniences. The composition of the surveyed household has direct impact on the respondents answer about the household size. With regard to the sociological variables 'total household income' and 'socio economic status' of the individual household members, the composition of the household and, therefore, the definition by means of which this composition is determined, is of central importance. In a first step we summarize definitions of household used in national surveys across Europe. Same dwelling, sharing economic resources, common housekeeping and family ties are the main and mostly used criteria. In a second step we discuss the possible combinations of these elements and the strategies of operationalization in social surveys. The third part illustrates the findings. We use ESS, ECHP and administrative micro data from official statistics. The country differences become obvious. Our conclusion is a revised fieldwork instrument measuring household in social surveys that increases data comparability across cultures and countries." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter survey research; survey; private household; EU; data quality; definition; concept; household income
Klassifikation Forschungsarten der Sozialforschung
Methode deskriptive Studie
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Erscheinungsort Mannheim
Seitenangabe 138 S.
Schriftenreihe GESIS-Forschungsberichte - Reihe Survey Methodology, 1
ISBN 978-3-86819-002-1
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet
Lizenz Deposit Licence - Keine Weiterverbreitung, keine Bearbeitung