EGC-ISSER Ghana Panel Survey
The EGC-ISSER Socioeconomic Panel Survey is a collaboration between the Economic Growth Center (EGC) at Yale University and the Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon. The survey is principally funded by the EGC, designed by both the EGC and ISSER, and carried out and supervised by ISSER.
A two-stage stratified sample design was used for the survey. Stratification was based on the regions of Ghana. The first stage involved selecting geographical precincts, or clusters, from an updated master sampling frame constructed from the 2000 Ghana Population and Housing Census. A total of 334 clusters (census enumeration areas, or EAs) were selected from the master sampling frame. The clusters were randomly selected from the list of EAs in each region. The selection was based a simple random technique.
- Identify target groups for government assistance
- Construct models to stimulate the impact on individual groups of the various policy options and to analyze the impact of decisions that have already been implemented
- Access the economic situation on living conditions of households
- Provide benchmark data for district assemblies
1. Demographic characteristics: employment, education, migration
2. Information about non-resident spouses and relatives
1. Household assets:
(i) Livestock (ii) Tools (iii) Durable Goods
2. Financial assets:
(i) Borrowing (ii) Lending (iii) In-transfers (iv) Out-transfers (v) Savings
4. Agricultural Production
1. Land information:
(i) Plot background (ii) Size (iii) Fallowing information, soil type, irrigation (iv) Investment, ownership, rental status (v) Crops (vi) Chemical inputs (vii) Tractor use (viii) Seeds (ix) Labor inputs
2. Sales and storage:
(i) Revenues from crop production (ii) Crop stores
5. Non-farm Household Enterprise
1. Basic information and assets
(i) Basic information (ii) Enterprise assets
2. Information about employees:
(i) Information about all employees (ii) Information about four important employees (iii) Enterprises operating in the past 1 month (iv) Enterprise in a typical month
3. Accounting: General enterprise
4. Accounting: Trade/wholesale enterprise
5. Accounting: Food enterprise
6. Accounting: Services
6. Household Health
4. Activities of daily living
5. Miscellaneous health
6. Health in the past 2 weeks
7. Health in the past 12 month
7. Womens’ Health
8. Mens’ Health
1. Reproductive Health
9. Childrens’ Module
1. Young child heath - children younger than 5 years old
2. Digit span test - children aged 5-15
3. Raven’s Pattern Cognitive Assessment - children aged 5-15
4. Math questions - children 9-26
5. English questions - children aged 9-26
10. Psychology/Social Networking
(i) Depression (ii) Subjective social welfare (iii) Regretted consumption (iv) Townsend questions (v) Trust and solidarity (vi) Time use
2. Big 5 personality questions
3. Social networking
4. Information seeking
(i) Interaction with organizations (ii) Extension services (iii) Volunteerism
11. Consumption Module
1. Food items consumed
2. Clothing and footwear
3. Expenditure on other items in last 12 months
4. Fuel and other lubricants
12. Housing Characteristics
1. Part A - Rent, water, light, cooking, waste disposal, building materials
2. Part B - Dwelling type, ownership, living conditions, power supply, surroundings
The main field work for the survey covered a 6-month period (November 2009 to April 2010) in order to ensure that enough household baseline information was gathered. Seventeen teams were involved in the data collection. Each of the teams was made up of a Supervisor, a Senior Interviewer, four Interviewers and a Driver. A number of supervisory teams from ISSER visited the field at regular intervals to enforce good quality control for field operations and also shaped the direction for the survey. Due to the length and intensity of the survey, most households were surveyed over the course of multiple visits.
The processing of the survey data began shortly after the fieldwork commenced. The first stage of data processing involved office editing and post-coding. Questionnaires were edited to double-check for completeness and consistency in the questionnaires returned, while the post-coding served to define new response categories to pre-coded question or define a response set for open ended questions. Once the editing and post-coding were done, the questionnaires were passed on for data entry.
The data entry program was designed in CSPro version 4.0. The entry program was designed with the necessary skip patterns and consistency checks to ensure adequate data quality and validity. All questionnaires were entered twice (100 percent verification) and the two files were compared for entry errors which were subsequently verified and corrected with the questionnaires. The data entry was completed in August of 2010. The consolidated data files in CSPro format were then converted to STATA format for further consistency checks and cleaning.
Description and Format
Basic Information Document
Describes the design of the survey and its coverage and provides general information about the characteristics of the 2009-10 Ghana Socioeconomic Panel survey. It also discusses the data files and constructed variables.
This questionnaire is an essential tool for using the 2009-10 Ghana Socioeconomic Panel Survey data sets. In addition to the questions, it also contains codes and skip patterns.
Interviewer’s Instruction Manual
This document contains detailed information to the interviewers.
This document contains codes not included in the questionnaire.
Baseline Descriptive Report
This document contains results from the data collected in 2009.
This data set is also available to download via the World Bank LSMS website at http://go.worldbank.org/FUR866KSF0