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Study Report

Study Number: LA-527-063-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1996

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Euro-barometer 44.30VR: employment, unemployment, and gender equality, February-April 1996.  [machine-readable data file] / Reif, Karlheinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 2443

Date Accessioned: 11/5/1999

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: Data set is also stored on the ICPSR Periodic Release CD-ROM, issued April 1999: PCD99002

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 10/5/1999

Documentation: Codebook available in PDF from ICPSR web site.

Abstract: For this collection, which focuses on employment, unemployment, and gender equality, data from EUROBAROMETER 44.3: HEALTH CARE ISSUES AND PUBLIC SECURITY, FEBRUARY-APRIL 1996 (ICPSR 6752) were merged with an oversample. The oversample consisted of an additional number (approximately 300 per country) of unemployed persons and full-time housewives/husbands, aged 15 and over. Students and retired persons were excluded from the oversample. Respondents who were employed or self-employed were asked questions concerning their job titles, the ratio of women to men holding the same title, the type of organizations for which they worked, the number of hours worked, and the circumstances under which they would reduce their hours or take unpaid leave. Employed and self-employed respondents were also asked about the pay, training, skill level, variety, amount, pressure, and interest involved in their work. Non-self-employed workers provided additional information regarding their level of involvement in decisions that affected their jobs, existence of promotional opportunities, indices of pay raises or dismissal, likelihood of leaving their jobs, and commitment to their current employers. Questions posed to unemployed respondents covered how long they had been unemployed, their former occupation, reasons for leaving their last position, and whether they had received any compensation. They were also asked if they were looking for a job, what approaches they used to find a job, the amount of time spent looking for a job, whether they would consider a position with different skills, a lower level of skills, worse physical conditions, or different hours, or if they would relocate. These respondents also indicated whether they had experienced boredom, depression, family tensions, loss of self-confidence, not enough money, increased difficulty in rearing children, or lack of contact with people as a result of being unemployed. All respondents were asked questions concerning gender equality. Respondents were asked to assess the current work situation for women with respect to wages, job security, promotional opportunities, and the number and variety of jobs available. Respondents were also asked to evaluate reasons why women less often hold positions of responsibility and to prioritize areas of action to be taken against inequalities that may exist. Respondents also rated the impact of women's working on the well-being of men, children, women, families, and couples. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondent's age, sex, marital status, and left-right political self-placement as well as household income, the number of people residing in the home, and region of residence.

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