Household Income and Expenditure survey in March

ABU DHABI — The field survey of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey will begin in March 2007, according to the Higher Committee for Household Income and Expenditure Survey.

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Published: Mon 12 Feb 2007, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:54 PM

The first-time survey to be conducted in the UAE is important to provide reference and vital data of different patterns of consumption and expenditure in the country, define the average household and individual expenditure on services and commodities, measure the burden of price-hikes on consumers and identify different categories of households and individuals related to factors influencing education, income, nationality and profession etc.

The survey will help estimate the current volume of demand on goods and service and measure the average income and its influence on family expenditure. Detailed data on families covered in the survey will be collected through specially prepared questionnaires by the female researchers visiting those families. During the meeting, discussions involved committee's agenda, selection of survey's logo, formation of the media committee and nomination of survey's sponsors from private and public sectors and implementation to carry out the survey within a time-frame.

The other objective of the survey will be to provide data on demographic and economic characteristics of household samples.

Among other objectives, the survey and its data will be helpful in accomplishing the requirements of unified Gulf currency through data collected on prices by comparing future and previous years.

The survey meets the recommendations of the UN experts of establishing a database that reflects the actual economy. It also adheres to the resolutions of GCC ministerial committee for Planning and Development.

The committee, presided over by Undersecretary for Planning Sector of the Ministry of Economy, Mohamed A. Al Shihi, revealed during its second meeting held at the Ministry of Economy in Abu Dhabi, that the families covered in the survey were selected based on scientific and statistical methods to ensure comprehensive coverage of all society categories in the country.

During the meeting, participants agreed to hold more meetings, assign the media committee to lay out its plan within a timeframe of implementing the survey, select the survey logo and utilise the facilities provided by survey sponsors during the field work. The technical committee, headed by the ministry of economy included other members from the Abu Dhabi Planning and Department and Dubai Statistics Bureau, actually began the spade work in early 2007 to prepare the questionnaire, training books and identify exact terminology, in addition to other clerical assignments.

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