Social policies and data

Meeting of Providers of OECD Income Distribution Data - February 2016

 

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OECD Conference Centre (Room CC2)

18-19 February 2016 

 

The OECD has a long-standing tradition in the collection and publication of income distribution data. With the increased visibility of OECD work in this field, in 2012 the data collection moved to a more permanent basis, with collection of rolling updates (depending on the frequency of the source data). Such collection is undertaken jointly by the OECD Statistics Directorate and by the Social Policy Division within the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, and relies on tabulations provided by a network of national contacts points.

The aim of this meeting, which follows a first one held in February 2013, is to reinforce the collaborative relationship between the OECD Secretariat and data providers in member countries, and to identify steps that could be taken to improve the quality and comparability of the data collected.

 

Agenda (also available in .pdf).
See also all presentations (in one .zip file) and list of participants.


Day one: Thursday, 18 February 2016

  1.  Welcome and work plan                                                                
09.30-09.40

1.1.  Introduction

Martine Durand (OECD Chief Statistician and Director of the OECD Statistics Directorate)
09.40-09.50

1.2.  Overview and objectives of the meeting

Michael Förster (OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affaires Directorate)
  2.  Data-related issues
09.50-11.10

2.1.  National data issues: key challenges confronted by data-experts in their countries, which can affect the comparability of estimates.

This includes issues such as: 

  • Item non-response and data-imputation methods
  • Lower unit response rates and methods to correct for selective response
  • Alignment of income survey data with data from other sources: administrative records, tax data, SNA data

Marco Mira d’Ercole (OECD, Statistics Directorate): Chair

Brian B. Murphy (Statistics Canada): Introduction (presentation)

Discussion

11.10-11.30  Coffee break
11.30-12.45

2.2.  IDD data issues: how to improve ex post comparability.

This includes issues such as:

  • Top and bottom coding: in the original data, by statistical agencies, by users
  • Treatment of negative income components: in the original data, by statistical agencies, by users
  • Treatment of non-regular receipts, lump-sum transfers, and regular transfers of irregular amount
  • Meta data: how detailed?; how can they best help comparability?
Michael Förster (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs): Chair

Elena Tosetto (OECD, Statistics Directorate): Introduction (presentation)

Paul Alkemade (Luxembourg Income Study): Kick-off

Discussion

12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.00

2.3.  Specific issues arising from transition from wave6 to wave7.

This includes issues such as:

  • Overall effects from moving from w6 to w7: comparability issues
  • Effect of inclusion of goods produced for own-consumption on estimates and comparability
  • Comparability of time and the need of long time-series for analysis
  • New classification of public, occupational and private transfers: availability, interpretation, comparability
  • IDD ToR : possible revisions / clarifications

Michael Förster (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs): Chair

Maxime Ladaique (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs): Introduction (presentation)

Discussion

  3.  Timeliness
15.00-16.00

3.  Producing more timely indicators of income distribution and poverty

Horacio Levy (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs): Introduction and Chair

Richard Tonkin (Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom) (presentation)

Maëlle Fontaine / Michaël Sicsic (INSEE, France) (presentation)

Fabrice Murtin (OECD, Statistics Directorate) (presentation)

Discussion

16.00-16.30 Coffee break
   
   4. Methodological issues
16.30-17.30

4.1.  The measurement of imputed rents and social transfers in kind in household surveys across the OECD area

Carlotta Balestra (OECD, Statistics Directorate): Introduction and Chair.

Sarka Sustova (OECD Statistics Directorate and Czech Statistical Office): Results from OECD questionnaire on country practices (presentation)

Didier Dupré (EUROSTAT): Kick-off (presentation)

Discussion

17.30-17.45

4.2.  Update on 'Compare your income' and Regional estimates of income distribution and poverty

Carlotta Balestra (OECD, Statistics Directorate) 

Didier Dupré (EUROSTAT): Kick-off on regional estimates (presentation)

17.45 End of the first day and Cocktail

Day two:  Friday, 19 February 2016

  4.  Methodological issues (continued)
10.00-11.00

4.3.  Reconciling household-survey data and national-accounts data

Marco Mira d’Ercole (OECD, Statistics Directorate): Introduction and Chair

Facundo Alvaredo (University of Oxford and Paris School of Economics) (presentation)

Jorrit Zwijnenburg (OECD, Statistics Directorate) (presentation)

Discussion

11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30

4.4.  Improving the measurement of top incomes in household surveys

Michael Förster (OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs): Introduction and Chair

Stephen Jenkins (London School of Economics) (presentation)

Nicolas Ruiz (OECD, Economics Department) (presentation)

Discussion

  5.  Next steps & conclusions
12.30-13.00 5. Wrap-up session
13.00

Meeting close

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