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ESeG – European Socioeconomic Groups

European Socio-economic Groups (ESeG) is a classification for the structured grouping of the economic, social and cultural characteristics of persons within the European Union. The aim is to classify the various characteristics in a uniform way and thus make them comparable within the EU. ESeG is based on the European Socio-economic Classification (ESeC) and extends it. ESeG can essentially be formed from the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08) and the employment status (employed or self-employed). In detail, depending on the data, additional variables are required.
The GESIS paper implements and explains the 2016 updated version of ESeG for the Microcensus (MC) Scientific Use File (SUF) (only in German).
The syntax is available for the statistical software SPSS and Stata and contains the code to implement ESeG in the MC SUF. They are tested and executable for all published MC SUFs from 2012 onwards, as the required ISCO-08 was been implemented from that date.

  • Börlin, Simon & Lukas Zettl (2020): Mikrozensus Tools: Die Klassifikation European Socio-economic Groups (ESeG) im Mikrozensus Scientific Use File (GESIS Papers, 2020/08). Köln: GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. [.pdf].

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