Apr 18, 2010

How are variables selected to be harmonized? Are all variables harmonized across all data sets?

With consultation from the IFSS advisory panel -- composed of distinguished experts in fields as diverse as demography, economics, public health, survey methodology, and sociology -- variables selected for inclusion in the IFSS data set will be identified on the basis of their expected interest to social science researchers, graduate students, policymakers, and other constituencies. Not all variables in all surveys will be harmonized. In most cases, variables selected for inclusion in the IFSS data set will have comparable equivalents across three or more surveys.