Presentation of the ESSnet EseG project:

Following a call for grant by Eurostat, an ESSnet coordinated by INSEE was launched in order to elaborate in two years a European socioeconomic classification. The grant agreement was signed on October 21st 2011 between Eurostat and the NSIs from France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Starting from the past works (ie. the ESEC prototype and its evaluation), using ISCO 2008 (2-digit version) and the core variables from European surveys (status of employment and activity) the aim of the project is to build a classification which allows the grouping of individuals throughout the European Union (European socioeconomic groups - EseG).

The work to be performed is divided into the following main work-packages (WP):

-          WP1 is dedicated to the elaboration of a methodology and to the access to microdata

-          WP2 aims at assessing the necessary variables and specifically ISCO 2008.

-          Within WP3 the consortium will elaborate several prototypes of classifications foreseeing different options, essentially from known elements on employment and occupation.

-          WP4 deals with the testing of the different prototypes (with the possibility to come back to the step of elaboration) in order to determine which prototype is the best (ie: which one discriminates  behaviours in a wide set of domains such as demography, cultural activities, consumption, health, or social mobility…)

-          WP5  is dedicated to the completion of reports and studies  in order to explain and to codify the new classification

Beyond this basis, the grant agreement states that elaborating a more detailed 2-digit version should be envisaged using other variables (such as supervision or the size of the enterprise) in order to reconcile, according to the potential groupings, different options deriving from the most aggregated level.


Collaborations and consultations:

The grant agreement specifies that the emphasis should be put on a very large consultation, with the 27 NSIs on the one hand and with researchers, experts and potential users of the classification on the other hand, for the whole duration of the project (Italy, the Czech Republic and France have explicitely planned on working with research laboratories which will be subcontractors to the project).


European data used:

The main European surveys : LFS, SILC and AES, from the 6 more recent years (2004 to 2011 for LFS & SILC, 2007 & 2011 for AES) and with ad hoc modules, will be used to elaborate but even more to test their discriminating power in a wide set of domains. Other surveys like EWCS may also be used.

For some surveys which are now available occupation is coded with ISCO-88: a transition table from ISCO-88 to ISCO-08 allows nevertheless to work with the new classification.

Thus, for example, the members of the consortium may each test protoypes according to a particular domain, or compare different classifications - among which a prototype liable to meet Eurostat’s expectations - in order to understand working conditions, family behaviors or some aspects of habits or choices of life made by individuals or households and therefore to quickly present possible improvement to the tested EseG classification in order to converge towards the best and most concerted classification possible.

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