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Consortium of Household Panels for European Socio-economic Research (CHER), Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00037


This project constitutes a feasibility study for a data production and dissemination exercise: Developing and enhancing a comparative database for longitudinal household studies by harmonizing and integrating micro datasets from a large variety of independent national panels and from the European Community Household Panel.
The bottleneck for micro-analytic research on European topics and issues is the non-existence and/or non-accessibility of sufficient micro data which have to be both comparable and longitudinal. There are also no user-friendly links from macroeconomic/social information and institutional data to micro datasets. In order to overcome these problems the consortium created an international comparative micro database containing longitudinal datasets from many national household panels and from the European Community Household Panel Study (ECHP) complemented by key information from existing macro/ institutional datasets linked to the comparative database and supported by utilities for panel analyses. The comparative cross-national micro database together with its complementary modules will improve our understanding of social change, and its implications for the individual, and for social institutions and policy making.
Comparative research on economic and social phenomena at the European level is one of the most urgent needs for understanding the various national economies and societies, also in future member states. The first prerequisite for high quality cross-national research is the existence and availability of high quality micro-databases offering comparable data for the different countries under study. Thorough analyses dealing with economic or social processes and the underlying dynamics definitely require longitudinal data from socio-economic household panel studies with information both at the level of the individual and the household.

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