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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 Library resource guide for EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).

Subject interviews in ECHP covered: overall financial situation, income data, working life, housing, social relations, health and biographical observations. EU Member States included in ECHP were 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.
  • Users can also consult the EUI resource pages for EU-SILC and EU-LFS.


Support links


How to access data

Current EUI members can apply to access ECHP micro data as follows. Please note that 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)
  • The EUI Researcher - or Principal Investigator in a research team - must create an EU Login to apply for Eurostat micro data access
  • Special note: Eurostat informs that for EUI researchers - it is necessary to use a non-institutional (non-EUI) personal email account for the creation of the EU Login. It is not necessary for all members of a research team to create an EU login; only the person submitting the application.
  • Project applications are made using the online Microdata Access Workflow Tool
  • Before completing the form, consult the Eurostat European Community Household Panel description page for details of EU-SILC variables, reference years and population
  • The Principal Researcher is normally the Project Supervisor / Professor
  • The EUI Data Manager is Thomas Bourke
  • The names and contact details of all individual researchers on the project must be included in the form. Here the EUI e-mail addresse(s) and contact details are to be used
  • Write to [email protected] for the Research Entity ID number and the description of the EUI's secure data environment
  • After receipt of the micro data access application, the Eurostat technical unit may send preliminary feedback to the Principal Investigator (or to the person who submitted the application, this can be individual researcher)
  • If the application is approved by Eurostat, the applicant(s) must sign and return the Eurostat micro data access contract
  • Eurostat sends the signed application to the EU Member States' statistical agencies for final consultations
  • The applicant(s) must also complete the online EUI Data Registration Form (selecting 'ECHP' from the dropdown menu) and sign the internal EUI Conditions of Use agreement
  • The Library then provides access to the data.

Eurostat informs that, upon conclusion of the user-contract, no other person is eligible to access the data. Breach of these 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 scholars at the EUI.

The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

ECHP is not available to short-term visitors at the EUI and is not available off campus.

Member State statistical agencies and Eurostat reserve the right to decline access to ECHP data.


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)."


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Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]   





Page last updated on 17 July 2019