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Business Tendency Surveys : a Handbook

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Publisher: [Paris] : OECD Publishing, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This handbook is a practical manual on the design and implementation of business tendency surveys, which ask company managers about the current situation of their business and about their plans and expectations for the future. In this book, the OECD draws on over 20 years of experience to provide, together with the European Commission, a set of harmonised business tendency surveys to collect qualitative information  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
ISBN: 9789264177444 9264177442
OCLC Number: 704441608
Description: 128 pages
Contents: Foreword --
1. Introduction --
Purpose --
Qualitative versus quantitative data --
Developments in business tendency surveys --
Information collected in business tendency surveys --
Use of business tendency surveys --
Layout of the Handbook --
2. Questionnaire Design --
Introduction --
Choice of questions --
Layout of the questionnaire --
General instructions --
Seasonality --
Standard "harmonised" questionnaires --
3. Sample Selection --
The survey frame --
Reporting units and sampling units --
Target universe --
Sample design --
The required sample size --
Contacts with respondents --
Information on sampling methods --
4. Reliability of Business Tendancy Surveys --
Quality of business surveys --
Reliability --
Non-Response --
Measurement Errors --
Processing Errors --
5. Processing the Results --
Introduction --
Converting multiple-choice questions into a single time series --
Seasonal adjustment --
Weighting of results --
6. Publication of Results --
Introduction --
Information on the methodology (meta-data) --
Needs of different users --
Dissemination of survey results --
7. Use of Reults --
Interpretation of survey data --
Comparing business tendency survey data with quantitative statistics --
Business surveys and cyclical analysis --
Cyclical indicator systems --
8. Harmonised System of Business Tendency Surveys --
Introduction --
Kinds of activities to be covered --
Target universe --
Units --
Sample design --
Weighting --
Response rates --
Treatment of non-response --
Periodicity of the surveys --
Timing --
Content --
The standard variables --
Measurement scales --
Seasonal adjustment --
Classifications within sectors --
Annex A. Harmonized Questionnaries and Response Alternatives --
Annex B. Examples of Questionnaires used in Business Tendancy Surveys --
Annex C. Examples of Press Releases --
Annex D. Selection of Institutes Conducting Business Tendancy Surveys --
Glossary --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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This handbook is a practical manual on the design and implementation of business tendency surveys, which ask company managers about the current situation of their business and about their plans and expectations for the future. In this book, the OECD draws on over 20 years of experience to provide, together with the European Commission, a set of harmonised business tendency surveys to collect qualitative information including economic analysis and forecasting from business managers in the manufacturing, construction, trade and service sectors.

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