European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)

About the EU-SILC

Population The reference population of EU-SILC is defined as all private households and all persons aged 16 and over within the household residing in the territory of the Member States at the time of data collection. Persons living in collective households and in institutions are generally excluded from the target population. For practical reasons, small parts of the national territory may also not be covered in the survey (e.g. the French Overseas Departments and territories; Scotland north of the Caledonian Canal and the Scilly Islands)
Survey Period EU-SILC is an annual statistic and was launched in 2004 in 13 Member States (BE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FR, IE, IT, LU, AT, PT, FI and SE) and in NO and IS. From 2005 onwards the data are available for all EU25 Member States and IS and NO. TR, RO, BG and CH have launched EU-SILC in 2006.
Survey Method EU-SILC data are collected by National Statistical Institutes and could come from different sources. In some participant countries a new survey was launched with cross-sectional and longitudinal elements. In other countries a combination of registers and surveys is used, that is the data for the same respondents are collected partly by interview and partly from register.
Topics EU-SILC provides cross-sectional and longitudinal microdata on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions. Topics covered by EU-SILC at the household level are basic information, income, social exclusion and housing. At the individual level the topics are basic demographic information, education, labour information, health and income. The income data is typically collected for the income reference year preceding the date of the survey and follows international standards.
Data Access

The current legal framework enables access to anonymised microdata available at Eurostat only for scientific purposes (Commission Regulations (EC) No 831/2002; (EC) No 1104/2006; (EC) No 1000/2007; Council Regulation 322/97), however the access is restricted to universities, research institutes, national statistical institutes, central banks inside the EU, as well as to the European Central Bank. Individuals cannot be granted direct data access. For detailled information concerning data access, costs and how to submit an access request see:http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/203647/203698/How_to_apply_for_microdata_access.pdf/82d98876-75e5-49f3-950a-d56cec15b896

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EU-SILC: Tools

EU-SILC in MISSY

Variables-by-Year-Matrix-2004-2014 (6.7 MB) [.xlsx-File]
(incl. variables, type of data, reference period, unit of observation, mode of collection)

Standard error estimates

SPSS/Stata Routines: Transformation .csv to SPSS/Stata system files

EU-SILC: Papers of Interest

Atkinson, Anthony B.; Marlier, Eric (Eds.) 2010: Income and living conditions in Europe. [link]

Eurostat methodologies and working papers [Link]

Equalsoc – Economic Change, Qualitiy of Life and Social Cohesion (2009): Data Quality Issues in the EU-SILC Intergenerational Modules. [Link]

Frick, Joachim R., Krell, Kristina (2010): Measuring Income in Household Panel Surveys for Germany: A Comparison of EU-SILC and SOEP. SOEPpapers No. 265. Berlin: DIW. [Link]

Goedemé, T., (2010): The standard error of estimates based on EU-SILC. An exploration through the Europe 2020 poverty indicators, CSB Working Paper Series, WP  10/09, Antwerp, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp. [Link]

Hauser, Richard (2007): Probleme des deutschen Beitrags zu EU-SILC aus der Sicht der Wissenschaft – Ein Vergleich von EU-SILC, Mikrozensus und SOEP. SOEPpapers. No. 69. Berlin: DIW. [Link]

Lohmann, Henning (2011): Comparability of EU-SILC survey and register data: The relationship among employment, earnings and poverty. Journal of European Social Policy February 2011 21: 37-54 [Link]

Mysíková, M., (2011): Income Inequalities within Couples in the Czech Republic and European Countries. IES Working Paper 4/2011. IES FSV. Charles University. [Link]

Schneider, Silke; Müller, Walter (2009): Measurement of Education in EU-SILC – Preliminary Evaluation of Measurement Quality. Equalsoc Working Papers. [Link]