Volume 2 – From Birth to 29 Months

Number 12 – Concepts, Definitions and Operational Aspects

This paper is a follow-up to Number 12 (2001) of the first series of papers in the QLSCD 1998-2002 and is also complementary to Number 1 in the current series. It is made up of two parts: the first provides a brief review of the QLSCD 1998-2002 and of the administrative and data collection instruments used in the first three rounds of the survey. The sources and justifications of the questions introduced in the 1999 and 2000 rounds are also presented. The second part, aimed at users of the QLSCD databank, provides a detailed description of the contents of the microdata files of the 1999 and 2000 rounds. Some methodological considerations on the use and analyses of the data as well as the definitions of the derivative variables are also examines.