Household sample surveys in developing and transition countries

Household sample surveys in developing and transition countries

Obtaining socio-economic data for development.

Detailed demographic and socio-economic data have become indispensable in economic and social policy analysis, development planning, programme management and decision-making at all levels. Consequently, policy-makers and other stakeholders have turned to household surveys as an important mechanism for collecting information on populations. [adapted from the authors]

This book provides a methodological framework for conducting surveys in development and transition countries, while acknowledging that budgetary restraints which can affect varying levels of survey infrastructure and technical capacity.  Its main objective is to assist national survey statisticians to design household surveys in an efficient and reliable manner, and to allow users to make greater use of survey generated data.

The book looks at a number of aspects of household surveys including sample design, survey implementation, non-sampling errors, survey costs, and analysis of survey data.  Some of the key factors featured in this publication include: 

  • an emphasis on standards and operating characteristics that can applied to different countries and different surveys 
  • coverage of both basic and advanced techniques of analysis of household survey data, including a detailed empirical comparison of the latest computer software packages available for the analysis of complex survey data 
  • coverage of survey costs, including empirical examples of budgeting for surveys, and analyses of survey costs disaggregated into detailed components
    presentation of examples of design, implementation and analysis of data from some household surveys conducted in developing and transition countries


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