Integrated household surveys
Integrated household surveys include the primary surveys used by national statistical agencies to collect information on issues such as income, expenditure and labour market status. In some countries information such as this is collected through separate surveys, such as a labour force survey, while other countries, such as the United Kingdom, rely on an integrated household survey with sub-samples focused on particular topics. Another similar example is the EU-SILC, which consists of a core survey focused on income and living conditions alongside a range of special topic modules. The 2013 EU-SILC module is focused explicitly on well-being. Such surveys are generally not appropriate to be the sole source of information on subjective well-being, as they have a clearly-defined focus that may not align well with an extensive module of subjective well-being and space in these surveys is at a premium. However, such surveys maybe more appropriate as a vehicle for a limited set of core questions or a primary measure of subjective well-being intended for monitoring purposes. These questions take up relatively little space in a survey and demand both large sample sizes and regular collection in order to support the effective monitoring of outcomes. Further, subjective measures of this sort complement the economic focus of many integrated household surveys by capturing information on the impact of non-economic factors in a relatively compact form.