A Note on How to Realize the Full Potential of the EU-SILC Data

30 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2015

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Melissa Berger

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Corporate Taxation and Public Finance Research

Sandra Schaffner

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: January 8, 2015

Abstract

The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) is a rotational panel provided by Eurostat that covers variables with a high potential for comparative European labour market and social research. Unfortunately, its current availability limits its potential research applications. This research note describes these shortcomings of the current data provision. Furthermore, we make two contributions for a better exploitation of these data sets: First, we develop a method for combining the different waves in order to increase the number of usable observations; and second, we indicate how monthly data on income and hourly pay can be derived.

Keywords: EU-SILC, sampling weights, income, Europe, data quality, panel data

JEL Classification: C81; C83; D31

Suggested Citation

Berger, Melissa and Schaffner, Sandra, A Note on How to Realize the Full Potential of the EU-SILC Data (January 8, 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2567255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2567255

Melissa Berger (Contact Author)

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Corporate Taxation and Public Finance Research ( email )

Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.zew.de/de/mitarbeiter/mitarbeiter.php3?action=mita&kurz=men

Sandra Schaffner

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de/schaffner

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