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European Community Household Panel


Data description

EurostatThe European Community Household Panel (ECHP) is an eight-year, longitudinal household survey covering 14 EU member states from 1994 to 2001. For more recent, comparable, panel data consult the EUI Library's resource guide for EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).

Subject interviews in ECHP include observations on overall financial situation, income data, working life, housing, social relations, health and biographical observations. Countries included in ECHP are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


Time period
  • The European Community Household Panel consists of eight waves from 1994 to 2001.
  • Comparable data coverage, to 2021, is provided in the EU-SILC and EU-LFS micro datasets.


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How to access data

EUI members can apply for access to ECHP micro data by following the instructions below. The Eurostat application process can take up to two months, due to clearing procedures with EU member state statistical agencies. The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

  • Complete the Library's Micro Data Registration Form (selecting 'ECHP' in the dropdown menu)
  • EUI scholars must create an EU Login to apply for Eurostat micro data access
  • Special note: Eurostat informs that for EUI members - it is necessary to use a non-institutional (non-EUI) personal email account for the creation of the EU Login and the RPP (Research Project Proposal)
  • The EU Logins based on personal email addresses are normally blocked by the Microdata Access Portal. To have these EU Logins validated, write to [email protected] indicating the email account which will be used for the submission of RPP
  • Before completing the application, consult the European Community Household Panel resource page for details of ECHP variables, reference years and population
  • Applications for data access are processed via the online Microdata Access Workflow Tool
  • When completing the application, EUI researchers should enter the name of their thesis supervisor as Principal Investigator
  • For institutional Contact Person indicate 'Dr. Thomas Bourke'
  • Write to [email protected] for (i) the Research Entity ID and (ii) the description of the EUI's secure data infrastructure and protocols
  • The names and email contact details of all scholars on the project must be included in the form (researchers, fellows, professors)
  • The applicant uses the Microdata Access Workflow Tool to initiate the application procedure. Full instructions are at this link
  • Users should read the guidelines on how to ensure anonymity of results in Chapter 6 of the Self-study material for users of microdata
  • When calculating tables, users must respect the appropriate thresholds and dominance rules as explained in the Guidelines for publication
  • [After receipt of the application, the Eurostat Technical Unit may provide feedback and/or requests for further information about the project]
  • The submitter should monitor their EU Login account for updates regarding the application. (Library staff do not have access to individual EU Login accounts)
  • If the application is approved by Eurostat, the applicant should print all documents (application form (RPP) and confidentiality declaration(s))
  • The Principal Investigator initials all pages of the application form, and signs and dates the final page
  • The institutional Contact Person signs the application ([email protected])
  • Separate confidentiality declarations must be signed by (i) the Principal Investigator (ii) the Applicant(s) and (iii) the Contact Person
  • The applicant scans the signed documents and uploads to the EU Login account
  • Click 'Send' to submit the documents
  • When Eurostat approves access to the data, send this to [email protected]
  • The Library provides access to the data via restricted server.

Eurostat informs that no person(s) other than those named in the contract can access the data. Breach of contract conditions may lead to the withdrawal of the EUI's research entity recognition, and the potential loss of access to Eurostat micro data by other EUI scholars.

There is no off-campus access to Eurostat micro data.

Short-term visitors to the EUI Library do not have access to Eurostat micro data.

Member State statistical agencies and/or Eurostat reserve the right to decline access to Eurostat micro data.

At the end of the project contract period, Eurostat will contact the P.I. requesting a signed confirmation of destruction of local copies/sub-sets of the data.

Publications based on the data should be reported via this online form.


Data Citation and disclaimer

Researchers must cite the source of ECHP data as follows:

"This study/report/paper is based on data from Eurostat, European Community Household Panel [reference year(s)]."

The following disclaimer must be added: "The responsibility for all conclusions drawn from the data lies entirely with the author(s)."


Related resources

EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC): Cross-sectional and longitudinal sample survey, coordinated by Eurostat, based on data from the European Union member states. EU-SILC provides data on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions in the European Union.

EU-Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS): Cross-sectional and longitudinal household sample survey. EU-LFS is collated by Eurostat from data provided by the EU member states, three EFTA countries and three EU-candidate countries. The database provides observations on labour market participation and persons outside the labour force.

EU Adult Education Survey (EU-AES): Data on formal and informal education and training for a sample of European Union residents from 25 to 64 years of age.

EUROMOD: Tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union developed by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, enabling researchers to calculate and compare the effects of tax and benefit policies on household incomes for EU member states and the UK.

Public use files for EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) and EU Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) are made available by Eurostat and CROS (Collaboration in Research and Methodology for Official Statistics).

Aggregate data can be downloaded from the Eurostat data portal under Population and Social Conditions.

See also the EUI Library Directory of European Statistical Data Resources.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]   


Page last updated on 15 September 2023

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