Compiling a harmonized database from Germany’s 1978 to 2003
Bönke, Timm ;  Schröder, Carsten ;  Werdt, Clive ;  ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Main titleCompiling a harmonized database from Germany’s 1978 to 2003
Subtitlesample surveys of income and expenditure
AuthorBönke, Timm
AuthorSchröder, Carsten
AuthorWerdt, Clive
EditorUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
No. of Pages19, [20] S.
Series ; 2010,4 ; Economics
KeywordsGerman Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure; annual vs. trimestrial data
Classification (DDC)336 Public finance
AbstractWe 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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FU DepartmentDepartment Business and Economics
Other affiliation(s)Lehrstuhl für Öffentliche Finanzen
Year of publication2010
Type of documentBook
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