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Toward Harmonisation of Housing Questions. Vlasta Zucha Richard Heuberger Directorate Social Statistics Vienna 3 June 2014. Q_2014. Motivations for harmonisation. Microcensus Housing Survey , Household Budget Survey, EU-SILC …all include questions on housing

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Toward harmonisation of housing questions

Toward Harmonisation of Housing Questions

Vlasta Zucha

Richard Heuberger



3 June 2014


Motivations for harmonisation

Microcensus Housing Survey, Household Budget Survey, EU-SILC

…all include questions on housing

…are continuous and established surveys

…are highly relevant for the Austrian social statistics and the ESS

…are strongly interrelated

…are linked to other statistics within Statistics Austria

Interests and legal frameworks
Interestsand legal frameworks

national regulation

Employment, structure of families and households

Housing situation, housing costs, stock of dwellings




Income and living conditions in the EU, poverty

Consumption structure of private households

national regulationfor HICP

EU-regulation national regulation

Interrelations within housing statistics
Interrelations within housing statistics

weighting of basket

maintenance costs



National accounts

housing costs

imputed rents



imputed rents

imputed rents

The harmonisation process
The harmonisation process

Conceptual level

  • Legal frameworks and regulations

  • Conceptual documents

  • Use of data

    Technical level

  • Wording of questions

  • Structure and form of questionnaire

  • Programming including warnings/signals

    Empirical level

  • Statistical distributions

  • Missing data

Harmonisation is necessary and possible
Harmonisation is necessary and possible

but there are limitations

…due to different aims and interests

…due to legal regulations and frameworks

…due to concerns about break in time series

…due to interrelations with surveys and statistics which are not in the focus of harmonisation

What will be done next
What will be done next…

Data based on harmonised questions

  • Microcensus & EU-SILC 2014: surveys will deliver data on basis of harmonised variables  analyse & compare

  • Household Budget Survey will follow 2015

    New publication on housing

  • Main report on housing will be re-established in 2014

  • Including several statistics on housing (focus on social statistics)

  • Communicate differences/similarities of concepts, definitions, termsand data


Though harmonisation

  • is a time-consuming and difficult process

  • which is related to all stages of a survey

    the gains of harmonisation compensate for difficulties

  • easier and methodologically sound comparisons of data

  • better handling of existing interrelations

  • better matching of datasets

Please address queries to:

Vlasta Zucha

Richard Heuberger

Contact information:

Guglgasse 13, 1110 Vienna

phone: +43 (1) 71128-7328

fax: +43 (1) 71128-7455

[email protected]

[email protected]