EU Statistics on Income & Living Conditions
The EU-SILC database is a cross-sectional and longitudinal sample survey, coordinated by Eurostat, based on data from the EU member states. EU-SILC provides data on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions in the European Union. EU-SILC stands for 'European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions.'
EU-SILC micro data is gathered by the member states of the European Union and collated by Eurostat. There are two data types:
Cross-sectional data pertaining to fixed time periods, with variables on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions, and
Longitudinal data pertaining to individual-level changes over time, observed periodically – usually over four years.
Social exclusion and housing-condition information is collected at household level. Income at a detailed component level is collected at personal level, with some components included in the 'Household' section. Labour, education and health observations only apply to persons aged 16 and over.
EU-SILC was established to provide data on structural indicators of social cohesion (at-risk-of-poverty rate, S80/S20 and gender pay gap) and to provide relevant data for the two 'open methods of coordination' in the field of social inclusion and pensions in Europe.
[See related Library resource pages for the EU-LFS database, and the EUROMOD tax and benefits' microsimulation model, developed by the University of Essex Institute for Social & Economic Research, using underlying EU-SILC data.]
Eurostat periodically issues revisions of earlier EU-SILC waves, requiring hosting institutions to replace earlier versions. Dates of data revisions are indicated on the file dossiers and above.
EU-SILC 2011 cross-sectional (rev.1 / August 2013)
EU-SILC 2011 longitudinal (August 2013)
EU-SILC 2010 cross-sectional (rev.3 / August 2013)
EU-SILC 2010 longitudinal (rev. 2 / August 2013)
EU-SILC 2009 cross-sectional (rev.4 / April 2013)
EU-SILC 2009 longitudinal (rev.3 / April 2013)
EU-SILC 2008 cross-sectional (rev.4 / June 2012)
EU-SILC 2008 longitudinal (rev.3 / June 2012)
EU-SILC 2007 cross-sectional (rev.4 / March 2011)
EU-SILC 2007 longitudinal (rev.3 / March 2011)
EU-SILC 2006 cross-sectional (rev.1 / March 2010)
EU-SILC 2006 longitudinal (February 2008)
EU-SILC 2005 cross-sectional (rev.1 / September 2009)
EU-SILC 2005 longitudinal (February 2008)
An overview of the database is given on this Eurostat EU-SILC page.
EU-SILC supporting documentation is on the CIRCabc site under Categories > Eurostat > EU-SILC.
GESIS (Leibnitz/Mannheim) provides a list of tools for EU-SILC including transfer routines from .csv to Stata and SPSS.
EUROMOD – the EU tax and benefits simulator uses underlying EU-SILC data. EUROMOD is available to current EUI members via an institutional agreement with ISER. Details of access are on this Library page.
An EU-SILC related publication, Income and Living Conditions in Europe, edited by Anthony B. Atkinson and Eric Marlier is available online.
Aggregate Eurostat data is available on the Eurostat platform.
Current EUI members can apply to access EU-SILC micro data as follows:
Request the Eurostat Research Application Form from firstname.lastname@example.org
When completing the form, consult the Eurostat EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions description page for details of EU-SILC variables, reference years and population.
The form is sent to Eurostat.
Note that the total application process can take up to two months, due to Eurostat's clearing procedures with EU member state statistical agencies.
If the application for access is approved by Eurostat, the applicant will be required to sign a Eurostat Confidentiality Declaration.
The applicant must also complete the online EUI Data Registration Form (selecting 'EU-SILC' from the dropdown menu) and sign the EUI Conditions of Use agreement.
The Library then provides access to the data.
Full details of the procedure are at point 3 (page 4) of this Eurostat document. The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.
This data set is not available to short-term visitors at the EUI.
Eurostat and member state statistical agencies reserve the right to decline access to EU-SILC data.
GESIS provides SPSS and STATA routines which transfer the EU-SILC 2009 csv-data to SPSS/Stata-system files.
Stata 13 manuals are available at this link.
Data Citation and disclaimer
Researchers must cite the source of the data as follows:
"This study/report/paper is based on data from Eurostat, EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions [reference year(s)]."
The following disclaimer must be added:
"The responsibility for all conclusions drawn from the data lies entirely with the author(s)."
EU-Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) micro data from Eurostat is also available at the EUI.
EUROMOD, a micro-simulation model for EU tax and benefits' research, is also available via the EUI's institutional contract with the University of Essex Institute for Social & Economic Research.
More European statistical data resources are accessible via this Library directory.
Contact: Thomas Bourke at email@example.com