European Community Household Panel (ECHP)

Description of the dataset

The European Community Household Panel (ECHP) is a panel survey consisting of interviews held with a sample of households and individuals year after year.

The interviews cover a wide range of topics on living conditions. They include detailed information on household income, the financial situation in the wider sense, working life, the housing situation, social relations, health and biographical information.

The total duration of the ECHP was 8 years, running from 1994 to 2001 (8 waves). The then Member States involved were Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As from 2003/2004, the EU-SILC survey covers most of the above-mentioned topics.

ECHP-based data in the database

Plenty of the datasets under the Income and living conditions domain (‘Population and social conditions’ theme) contain ECHP-based data for the above-mentioned periods. This includes several indicators on monetary poverty and distribution of income, which are analysed in different ways (eg. different cut-off thresholds – by age, gender, activity status, tenure status. 

There is also a selection of indicators on non-monetary deprivation derived from ECHP, notably on housing conditions.

Some indicators in the healthcare collections of the public health domain are also derived from ECHP.