Variables

Region

  • Brussels
  • Flanders
  • Wallonia

Question

The region was known based on the sampling procedure of Statistics Belgium .

Coding

The classification based on the national register gives information on the region where the respondent resides.


Sex

  • man

  • woman

    Question

    The questionnaire asked to fill in the sex of the respondent.

    Coding

    The classification of the questionnaire was retained.


    Age  

    • 12 until 17 years
    • 18 until 24 years
    • 25 until 39 years
    • 40 until 54 years
    • 55 until 64 years
    • 65 until 75 years
    • 76+ years

    Question

    The year of birth was attained through the sample procedure of Statistics Belgium

      Coding

      The categories above give an important indication of the phases in life. In the first group we find the children who are still obliged to go to school. In the group of 18 to 24 a significant part still goes to school and lives at home. The group of 25 to 39 years includes most people who in that age form a family and  build their carriere. The next phase (40 to 54) is the phase where the family already got a solid form, people mostly have a stable job and the children are grown up. In the age group of 55 to 64 the family pressure is somewhat less because the children already left the house and only a small portion of this group is still participation in labour. The group of 65 to 75 includes those who already finished working. Those above 75 belong to the oldest age group on our sample.


      Level of education

      • Low (no diploma)

      • Lower secondary

      • Higher secondary

      • Higher non-university

      • University

        Question

        All those who answered that they do not follow any education were asked about the highest level of completed education 

        Coding

        The level of education was recoded into 5 categories: (1) low (no diploma); (2) lower secondary) (3 or 4 years passed); (3) higher secondary (all years of secondary education passed); (4) higher non-university; (5) university.


        Working

        • Working

        • Not-working

        Question

        In the questionnaire the current occupation is asked.

        Coding

        Under the category ‘not working’ we understand those who receive unemployment benefits, students, respondents looking for their first employment, those on sick or parental leave, those on holiday without loan, disabled persons, retired persons and those taking care of household without salary.


        Occupational status (3 categories)

        • Not working

        • Part-time worker

        • Full-time worker

        Question

        In the questionnaire a question was asked about the current occupation status. In case people do paid work,  they were asked if they do it part- or full-time.Self-employed are automatically registered as full-timers.

        Coding

        Under the category ‘not working’ we understand those who receive unemployment benefits, students, respondents looking for their first employment, those on sick or parental leave, those on holiday without loan, disabled persons, retired persons and those taking care of household without salary. To the other two categories belong those who, based on  the number of hours they work, are classified under part- en full-time workers according to the definition of federal statutes.


        Occupational status (5 categories)

        • Student, going to school

        • Part-time worker

        • Full-time worker

        • Not working

        • Retired

          Question

          In the questionnaire a question was asked about the current occupation status. In case people do paid work,  they were asked if they do it part- or full-time.Self-employed are automatically registered as full-timers.

            Coding

            Under this variable the wider 3 categories are further specified (see work situation 3 categories) into 5 categories. Under the category ‘not working’ we understand those who receive unemployment benefits, respondents looking for their first employment, those on sick or parental leave, those on holiday without loan, disabled persons and those taking care of household without salary. Students and retired persons do not belong to the category of not working in this classification. They are both belonging to their own categories.



            Family situation

            • Living with parent(s)

            • Living alone

            • One-parent family

            • With partner without children

            • With partner with children

              Question

              In the household questionnaire respondents were asked to register all household members together with their relation to these people. The reference person is the person in the household who earns the biggest part of the household income.  

                Coding

                The variable was recoded based on the relationship of the household members to each other. The first category includes those still living with their parents. These respondents have no partner living with them and do not have children living in their household. Those in the second category live alone. The third category includes those living without a partner but with children. Those in the fourth category live with a partner but not with children. The fifth category includes those who live both with a partner and with children.


                Age youngest child

                  • Living with parent(s)

                  • No children or child older than 25

                  • Youngest child younger than 7

                  • Youngest child between 7 and 25

                  Question

                  In 1999 and 2005 the respondents were asked if they had children, if those children lived in their household and the year of birth for those children. In 2013 the relationship of the members in the household was asked along with their age. This way the variable could be coded the same way in all 3 years.

                  Coding

                  The first category of this classification shows those children who are living with their parents. The second category includes those who do not have children younger than 25 or do not have children at all. The third category is formed by those whose youngest child is younger than 7, and in the fourth category we find the respondents whose youngest child is between 7 and 25 years old.

                  Comment: No children can also mean that the respondent does have children but these children do not live in the household.

                  Breadwinner type

                  • Student living with parents
                  • Single, working
                  • Single, not working
                  • Not working couple
                  • One worker in household
                  • Two workers in household

                  Question

                  Information about the job of the respondents, about their household, partner and the job of their partner was combined to make this variable.

                  Coding

                  Students in this category are those who are still following a course in a school or university and are still living with their parents. Under the category ‘not working’ we understand those who receive unemployment benefits, respondents looking for their first employment, those on sick or parental leave, those on holiday without loan, disabled persons, retired persons and those taking care of household without salary. The people listed under D.A.C., GESKO, RVA-internship, PWA or interim also count as workers.

                  When both the respondent and the partner living in their household is working and there are others living in the household, we talk about two workers in household. In case only one of the partners is working, we call it a one worker household. If none of the two partners are working, we talk about a not working couple. Those who are single are divided into two categories, working and not working.