Household Budget Survey 2015

Household budget survey (HBS) has been harmonized with International standards and recommendations of EUROSTAT and UN, which enables international comparability of data. The survey collects data about incomes, expenditures and consumption of households, i.e. data about primary elements of personal consumption, as well as data about some important indicators of living standard (dwelling conditions, possession of permanent goods, etc.) and primary data about demographic, economical and sociological characteristics of households.
The surveying unit is a household. The term household refers to:
a) Single person living, spending and feeding individually;
b) Community of persons living, feeding and spending received income together.
The sample of the survey is two-stage stratified sample, with enumeration areas as primary and household as secondary selection units. On annual level, the sample consists of 1824 households, each month 19 enumeration areas, i.e. 152 households are selected. The 2015 survey examined 1318 households which make the 72.26% response rate.

The survey uses the questionnaire based interview method, where the reference period for permanent goods is 12 months, for semi-durables 3 months, using the diary (household is running the consumption diary in the reference month).