Sociodemographic Questionnaire Modules for Comparative Social Surveys
SpringerBriefs in Population Studies
Above all, this book focuses on the application of sociodemographic survey questions. Based on theoretical foundations, it addresses the operationalization of variables and presents socio-demographic questionnaire modules for within- and across-country comparative survey research. The book pursues three main objectives: to provide a thorough and comprehensive overview of the survey instruments currently available for the measurement of sociodemographic variables in cross-national comparative research; to offer the reader a set of harmonized international demographic standards; and to show how these standards can be implemented by the various parties involved in international comparative surveys – from the central project coordinators, to the researchers on the national survey teams, to the fieldwork agencies and their interviewers, to respondents, and eventually, to the data processing experts preparing the datasets for comparative analysis. The book offers a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and students actively involved in producing and analyzing sociodemographic survey data. The typical readers will be social science researchers, qualified consultants and professionals interested in the field of (comparative) survey research. The book can also serve as a useful supplement to introductory textbooks on survey methodology and is suitable for Bachelor and Master students of the social sciences.
Contents 1List of Abbreviations 41 Introduction, Problem, and Research Question 5References 9Part I: Harmonization of Survey Questions 112 Harmonization of Demographic and Socioeconomic Survey Questions: From National Concepts to Internationally Comparable Measurements 11References 153 Demographic and Socioeconomic Questions in Surveys 173.1 List of Demographic and Socioeconomic Variables 173.2 Private Household 183.3 Education 223.4 Labor Force Measures 29 3.4.1 Labor Force Status 28 3.4.2 Occupation 31 3.4.3 Job Autonomy 32 3.4.4 Developing an Instrument for Labor Force Measures 333.5 Total Net Household Income 373.6 Ethnicity 43 3.6.1 Objective Criteria: Citizenship, Residency Status, Mother Tongue, and Migration Background 44 3.6.2 Subjective Criteria: Ethnic Group Membership 50References 51Part II: The Questionnaire 564 The Harmonized Questionnaire for Sociodemographic Measures 56References 76Part III: Guidelines for Handling the Harmonized Questionnaire 77References 805 Central Project Coordinators 815.1 Harmonization of Sociodemographic Variables and the Tasks and Responsibilities of the Central Project Coordinators 825.2 Handling National Particularities of Sociodemographic Measures 835.3 Handling Sociodemographic Variables 84References 886 National Research Teams 906.1 Cognitive Pretesting 91 6.1.1 The Think-Aloud Method for Pretesting Questionnaires 93 6.1.2 Probes 94 6.1.3 Pilot Study 946.2 Documentation 936.3 Handling Sociodemographic Variables 93References 967 National Field Agencies and Their Interviewers 987.1 Project Instructions 98 7.1.1 Project Instructions for Supervisors 101 7.1.2 Project Instructions for the Interviewers 1027.2 Interviewer Training for Face-to-Face Interviews 1017.3 Handling Sociodemographic Questions in the Field 105References 1068 Respondents 1088.1 Answering Survey Questions 1088.2 Handling of Sociodemographic Variables by the Respondents 109References 1119 Data Processing Units 1129.1 Data Preparation by the National Research Teams 1129.2 Data Preparation by the Central Project Coordinators 1139.3 Handling Sociodemographic Variables 114References 116Appendix 117Further Reading 123
Jürgen H. P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik is professor at the Institute of Political Science at Justus Liebig-University in Gießen, Germany, and former head of the Knowledge Transfer Unit at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim, Germany. Until 2011, he coordinated and organized the GESIS workshop and seminar program as well as the GESIS Summer School on Survey Methodology. His main research interests are standardization and harmonization of demographic and socio-economic background variables for national and international comparison and cross-country comparative survey research. Dr. Uwe Warner was senior researcher at CEPS/"The International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development (INSTEAD)", Luxembourg until 2014. His main research topics are cross-national comparative survey research, poverty, income and well-being, and socio-demographic background variables. Currently, he is visiting researcher at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences, Georg August-University Göttingen, Germany.
Provides an overview of the available instruments for comparative survey researchPresents sociodemographic questionnaire modules for national and international comparative surveysBenefits all parties involved in cross-country comparative surveys, from fieldwork agencies to researchers