MetaSILC 2015

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MetaSILC 2015 is both a report and a database that contains detailed information on the income variables in EU-SILC, with a focus on the 2015 wave. It has been compiled by Lorena Zardo Trindade and myself, with the help of some other colleagues at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp), and input from National Statistical Institutes across Europe and Eurostat.

The work shows the richness of the EU-SILC income data, but also indicates that researchers and analysts should be sufficiently careful when using the EU-SILC income variables for comparative analysis.

The working paper summarizes the main findings and formulates recommendations for improving the comparability of the income variables in the future. It also provides an overview of the changes implemented by National Statistical Institutes in response to our review.

The MetaSILC 2015 report can be downloaded here. It provides a detailed overview by variable, with information on the implementation of the income variables in each country.

The database is put together in excell, and provides detailed information by income component. An income component should be understood as a specific source of income, which typically is much more disaggregated than an income target variable (e.g., child benefits for civil servants, family benefits for employees of small and medium-sized enterprises and maternity benefits are three examples of income components that are part of the target variable “family/children-related allowances”). For each of the income components, the database contains the official name (national language) and code in the national EU-SILC survey; the equivalent name in English; the target variable code and name; the source of the income information used (register data, questionnaire, imputation); the level of aggregation when it was collected; information on gross-net conversion; whether there were important changes between wave 2010 and wave 2015 and if there are important changes planned for future waves.

Please cite our work as follows: