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THE LONGITUDINAL COMPONENT OF EU-SILC:
SURVEY OF THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY
Thank you for participating in this survey! It asks how the current design of EU-SILC affects the work you are able to do; it also asks your opinion on alternative designs which are under discussion.
We have tried to keep it short: there are only 18 questions, many of which are multiple-choice. However, there are also some open-ended questions, which you are welcome to answer in as much depth as you like. If you would prefer to prepare a longer submission in your own format, we would welcome this - please send it to the address below.
Please read before you start!
This survey forms part of a wider consultation by Eurostat, on the future of the EU-SILC. Our team has been commissioned to consider the options for one particular aspect of the EU-SILC, namely
the design of the LONGITUDINAL COMPONENT
Please bear this in mind when completing this survey - if you make comments on other issues (for example, questionnaire content), we may be able to pass them on to other teams, but they won't be relevant for the purposes of our own report.
As users of the EU-SILC will know, its current design in most countries is a four-wave rotating annual panel: households are recruited into the survey, are followed for four years, and are replaced after this time by a new household.
A wide range of alternative options is being considered. These range from an annually repeated cross-sectional survey with no longitudinal component at all, through rotating panels of different lengths, to a full panel survey along the lines of BHPS or SOEP. A range of "hybrid" structures is also being considered, and form part of this consultation.
We are consulting as widely as possible within the research community: please forward this survey to anyone else you feel we should hear from! We are also talking to national statistical agencies and experts in survey design.
Our team is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. To get in touch, please email Maria Iacovou (firstname.lastname@example.org), or telephone +441206 873994.
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