Friday, December 30, 2011

Season's Greetings

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

2010 Household Survey Released

The 2010 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey was recently released by Armstat. As with previously released surveys, observations are aggregated at the household level and information is released for a subset of the variables. You may download the survey for free but registration is required. A couple of days earlier the survey aggregated at the household member level, with a smaller subset of variables, was also released (no registration required).
The survey of 7872 households (29986 members) is available as an xls and sav (spss) files. See my previous post to read or convert sav files to dta (stata).
The limited number of variables available in these public releases, as well as the aggregate nature of the underlying data, undoubtedly reflect an attempt to protect the confidentiality of respondent information. But by doing so, these surveys have very limited uses. One wonders whether a better approach to confidentiality can be found. Why not drop high income individuals, or regional identifiers, or just cap reported amounts? Otherwise, such a valuable resource will continue to be underutilized!
As always, links to this and other survey data on Armenia are provided in the Resources page of