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Variable List > Demographic Variables

The following list of variables was produced from the Full Release of CSES Module 1 (August 4, 2003 version), the second Advance Release of CSES Module 2 (December 15, 2004 version), and the first Advance Release of CSES Module 3 (March 29, 2010 version).

The list is being provided to help in understanding what content is available from CSES, and to compare the content available in each module. However, the list is not intended to replace use of the codebook and other study documentation, so please refer instead to those materials when you are ready to begin your analysis of the data.

The first row of each entry, in orange, is the variable label. The second row of each entry, in grey, contains the variable names from the dataset. The third row of each entry, in white, is the variable description or question text. The second and third rows are divided into three columns - the first for Module 1 (1996-2001), the second for Module 2 (2001-2006), and the third for Module 3 (2006-2011).

Because the list merges multiple modules, questions do not necessarily appear in the order in which they were asked, and variables do not necessarily appear in the same order as in the codebooks.

CSES Module 1
(1996-2001)
CSES Module 2
(2001-2005)
CSES Module 3
(2006-2011)

Demographic Variables

AGE
A2001 B2001 C2001
Age of respondent (in years). Age of respondent (in years). Age of respondent (in years).
GENDER
A2002 B2002  
Gender of respondent. Gender of respondent. Gender of respondent.
EDUCATION
A2003 B2003 C2003
Highest level of education of the respondent. Education of the respondent. Education of the respondent.
MARITAL STATUS
A2004 B2004 C2004
Marital status of respondent. Respondent's marital status. Respondent's marital or civil union status.
UNION MEMBERSHIP
A2005 B2005 C2005
Union membership of respondent. Union membership of respondent. Union membership of respondent.
UNION MEMBERSHIP OF OTHERS IN HOUSEHOLD
A2006 B2006 C2006
Someone in household other than respondent is a member of a union. Someone in household other than respondent is a member of a union. Someone in household other than respondent is a member of a union.
BUSINESS OR EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
  B2007 C2007
  R is a member of a business or employers' association. R is a member of a business or employers' association.
FARMERS' ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
  B2008 C2008
  R is a member of a farmers' association. R is a member of a farmers' association.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
  B2009 C2009
  R is a member of a professional association. R is a member of a professional association.
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS
A2007 B2010 C2010
Current employment status of respondent. Current employment status of respondent. Current employment status of respondent.
MAIN OCCUPATION
A2008 B2011 C2011
Main occupation of respondent. Main occupation of respondent. Main occupation of respondent.
SOCIO ECONOMIC STATUS
  B2012 C2012
  Respondent's socio economic status. Respondent's socio economic status.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE - PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
A2009 B2013 C2013
Whether respondent's employment is private or public. Whether respondent's employment is private or public. Whether respondent's employment is private or public.
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
A2010 B2014 C2014
Industrial sector of respondent's employment. Industrial sector of respondent's employment. Industrial sector of respondent's employment.
SPOUSE: CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS
  B2015 C2015
  Current employment status of respondent's spouse. Current employment status of respondent's spouse.
SPOUSE: OCCUPATION
A2011 B2016 C2016
Occupation of chief wage earner/spouse. Spouse's occupation. Spouse's occupation.
SPOUSE: SOCIO ECONOMIC STATUS
  B2017 C2017
  Spouse's socio economic status. Spouse's socio economic status.
SPOUSE: EMPLOYMENT TYPE - PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
  B2018 C2018
  Whether spouse's employment is private or public. Whether spouse's employment is private or public.
SPOUSE: INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
  B2019 C2019
  Industrial sector of respondent's employment. Industrial sector of spouse's employment.
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
A2012 B2020 C2020
Household income quintile appropriate to the respondent. Household income quintile appropriate to the respondent. Household income quintile appropriate to the respondent.
NUMBER IN HOUSEHOLD
A2013 B2021 C2021
Exact number of persons in household - that is, the number of persons living together in the housing unit excluding paid employees and persons who pay for rent for a room. Exact number of persons in household - that is, the number of persons living together in the housing unit excluding paid employees and persons who pay for rent for a room. Exact number of persons in household - that is, the number of persons living together in the housing unit excluding paid employees and persons who pay for rent for a room.
NUMBER IN HOUSEHOLD UNDER AGE 18
A2014 B2022 C2022
Number of people in household under the age of 18. Number of people in household under the age of 18. Number of people in household under the age of 18.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES ATTENDANCE
A2015 B2023 C2023
Attendance at religious services. Attendance at religious services. Attendance at religious services.
RELIGIOSITY
A2016 B2024 C2024
Religiosity. Religiosity. Religiosity.
RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION
A2017 B2025 C2025
Religious denomination. Religious denomination. Religious denomination.
LANGUAGE USUALLY SPOKEN AT HOME
A2018 B2026 C2026
This variable reports the language usually spoken in the respondents' household. If more than one language is spoken at home, this variable reports the language spoken most of the time. This variable reports the language usually spoken in the respondents' household. If more than one language is spoken at home, this variable reports the language spoken most of the time. This variable reports the language usually spoken in the respondents' household. If more than one language is spoken at home, this variable reports the language spoken most of the time.
REGION OF RESIDENCE
A2019 B2027 C2027
This variable reports the respondents' region of residence using coding categories not more detailed than the autonomous regions in Spain, or the Laender in Germany. Regions are usually (but not always) based upon the social, cultural, or historical differences (though some correspond to administrative regions) that manifest themselves in political cleavages. This variable reports the respondent's region of residence. Regions are usually (but not always) based upon the social, cultural, or historical differences (though some correspond to administrative regions) that manifest themselves in political cleavages This variable reports the respondent's region of residence. Regions are usually (but not always) based upon the social, cultural, or historical differences (though some correspond to administrative regions) that manifest themselves in political cleavages
RACE
A2020 B2028 C2028
Race of respondent. Race of respondent. This item reports the respondent's race. This variable is coded according to national standards.
ETHNICITY
A2021 B2029 C2029
This variable reports the ethnic identity of respondents. This variable reports the ethnic identity of respondents. This variable reports the ethnic identity of respondents.
RURAL OR URBAN RESIDENCE
A2022 B2030 C2030
Rural/Urban Residence. Rural/Urban Residence. Rural/Urban Residence.
PRIMARY ELECTORAL DISTRICT
A2027 B2031 C2031
Primary electoral district of respondent. Primary electoral district of respondent. Primary electoral district of respondent.