The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and Statistics Austria developed together a system of response burden measurement that covers all compulsory surveys on businesses performed by Statistics Austria (“Response burden barometer”). This indicator system shows the total response burden for each of the surveys over time and by the factors influencing a change of the response burden. The response burden is defined as the time necessary for filling in the respective questionnaires, whether on paper or electronically. Data are currently available for the years 2001 – 2016.
The total response burden for all compulsory surveys conducted by Statistics Austria was 704 598 hours in 2016, about 2 per cent less than in 2015. Between 2001 and 2016 the response burden for all compulsory surveys that existed already in 2001 was reduced by 21.5 per cent. This reduction was mainly achieved by reductions in sample frames, rise in thresholds and the increasing use of administrative data and electronic reporting devices. However, since 2001 further compulsory surveys were introduced which are also considered in calculating the response burden; including these surveys the response burden still decreased by 18.2 per cent between 2001 and 2016.
This brochure gives an insight into the living conditions of the people in our country. Findings and statistics from economy and society are presented in text, table, and chart form by Statistics Austria and provide information on a wide variety of subjects: The booklet has information on population, education, employment and the job market, the economy, science and technology, tourism, environment, and other topics.
A separate section offers characteristics of the nine Austrian Länder. The publication is available as a download (PDF, 5 MB) free of charge.
Statistics Austria organizes the following event on October 20th:
Statistics Day 2016 at Statistics Austria
Science and Statistics Austria – a win-win cooperation The Statistics Day 2016 deals with the requirements for cooperation, both on the part of science as well as official statistics. Existing forms of cooperation such as the cooperation of Statistics Austria with the Vienna University of economics and business (WU) are presented. Special attention is given to the important aspect of the micro-data access for research purposes. In a final panel session, the question of the institutionalisation of the cooperation of science and official statistics will be discussed in depth, starting with a glance at the Swedish model.
The cooperation between science and official statistics has advantages for both sides. For official statistics, the input from the academic community helps to broaden the use of statistical methods and to improve the quality and content of statistical products. The scientific world can test and improve new theoretical research methods in practice. Ideally, the cooperation not only leads to a deeper understanding of the data, but also to the provision of data that fits scientific needs.
The annual conference represents the principal forum for discussing strategic issues and current developments in the ESS. This year, the DGINS conference features a statistical session focusing on the topic of "Statistics on income, consumption and wealth", and an internal session on "Managing a modern NSI in the 21st century".