Harmonising Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables for Cross-National Comparative Survey Research

Authors: Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H.P., Warner, Uwe

  • Provides harmonisation techniques for researchers engaged in cross-national comparative social science research in Europe
  • Discusses individual techniques of harmonisation using international comparison
  • Explains harmonisation techniques that can be used in survey research to align national systems of categories and definitions
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This book explains harmonisation techniques that can be used in survey research to align national systems of categories and definitions in such a way that comparison is possible across countries and cultures. It provides an introduction to instruments for collecting internationally comparable data of interest to survey researchers. It shows how seven key demographic and socio-economic variables can be harmonised and employed in European comparative surveys. The seven key variables discussed in detail are: education, occupation, income, activity status, private household, ethnicity, and family. These demographic and socio-economic variables are background variables that no survey can do without. They frequently have the greatest explanatory capacity to analyse social structures, and are a mirror image of the way societies are organised nationally. This becomes readily apparent when one attempts, for example, to compare national education systems. Moreover, a comparison of the national definitions of concepts such as "private household" reveals several different historically and culturally shaped underlying concepts. Indeed, some European countries do not even have a word for  "private household". Hence such national definitions and categories cannot simply be translated from one culture to another. They must be harmonised.    ​

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik is head of Knowledge Transfer Unit of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim, Germany. He is coordinating coordinate and organize the GESIS workshop and seminar program and organize the GESIS Summer School on Survey Methodology, starting in 2012. His main research interests are standardization and harmonization of demographic and socio-economic background variables for national and international comparison and cross-country comparative survey research. Dr. Uwe Warner is conseiller scientifique at the "Centre d'Etudes de Population, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development (CEPS/INSTEAD)" in Luxembourg. He is the national coordinator of ESS in Luxembourg; he was responsible for the Luxembourgian data collection and data integration into ECHP; he is in charge of carrying out various national surveys in Luxembourg. His main research interests are standardization and harmonization of demographic and socio-economic background variables for international comparison, cross-country comparative survey research, and international studies on income distribution, poverty and social welfare.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Harmonising Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables

    Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P. (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • The Harmonisation Process: Harmonisation Is Not Translation

    Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P. (et al.)

    Pages 7-14

  • Existing Measurement Instruments for Data Collection

    Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P. (et al.)

    Pages 15-50

  • Background Variables for Cross-National Comparative Research: Data Sources

    Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P. (et al.)

    Pages 51-79

  • Core Social Variables and Their Implementation in Measurement Instruments

    Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Jürgen H. P. (et al.)

    Pages 81-207

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  • Due: October 7, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0004-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Harmonising Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables for Cross-National Comparative Survey Research
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7238-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7238-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7237-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0004-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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