Advances in Cross-National Comparison: A European Working by Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Christof Wolf

By Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, Christof Wolf

The booklet comprises 5 elements and a concluding bankruptcy. half 1 covers basic difficulties and provides options for the harmonisation of information from varied nationwide and/or cultural contexts. within the moment half EUROSTAT and ESOMAR current their demonstrated regular tools. proven tools each one protecting one variable (i.e. career, schooling) are provided within the 3rd half. The fourth half back contains instructed instruments for the harmonisation of unmarried variables for which standardised tools aren't but to be had (i.e. age, faith, ethnicity, loved ones, relations, income). The final half provides chosen empirical analyses demonstrating the use and fruitfulness of tools provided before.

This ebook is especially written for 2 teams. First, researchers and practitioners occupied with comparative examine in Europe. moment, researchers operating with info of the statistical workplaces of ecu nations and knowledge from associations of the ecu Union.

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For this reason, in connection with harmonisation a compromise can frequ ently be reach ed between the goal of comparability and the other national quality goals in statistics. Harmonising Data in OfficialStatistics 29 A frequent conflict of goals emerges from the fact that - as already touched upon several times - an abstraction from the different national institutions is needed for the definition of an international concept. From a national point of view, on the other hand, it is frequently the case that interest lies particularly in those statements which refer to the domestic institutional structure.

Here is one example from the US GSS: The American GSS asks income 'before taxes and other deductions' and instructs respondents : 'in addition to employment income, total income includes interest or dividends, rent, social security, other pensions, alimony or child support, unemployment compensation, public aid (welfare), armed forces or veteran's allotment'. Some of these categories show cultural anchoring fairly clearly. Other countries ask for income after deductions. They tend then to focus on reminding respondents what sort of things count as deductions.

For more detail s refer to below . These data are derived from the survey conducted by the ADM among its member institutes, they also refer to the year 2000 . The share was still 22% in 1990 and has been steadily rising . In 1990 the share still was 65%, in the year 2000 it reached only 30%. 52 Menno Smid, Doris Hess neration have good chances of being reali sed . As a result , these types of studies will have to become more expensive . As the market is not ready to uncondi tionall y pay higher prices, it is plausible to assume that the qualit y of face-to-face intervie ws will dec rease.

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