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ISDC's new catalog has been launched recently. It is Nesstar based, and resembles many European data archives catalogs. ISDC constantly upgrades and updates the catalog, and once the work on metadata is completed, we will begin adding categories and variable descriptions to the datasets in the catalog. We will be more than happy to get your opinion and remarks on our new catalog.

New datasets

648. Israel Election Study 2006
Authors: Asher Arian and Michal Shamir

This study follows a series of election studies conducted by Arian and Shamir since 1969, investigating voting patterns, public opinion and political participation in Israel. The study investigated attitudes towards various issues on the national agenda such as the peace process and state-religion relations. Respondents were also asked about their evaluation of parties and candidates, vote intention and past electoral behavior. The 2006 study employs a panel design, with the pre-election survey conducted between February 28 and March 23, 2006, prior to the elections for the 17th Knesset, and the post-election survey - in April. Mahshov Research Institute carried out the fieldwork using Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic telephone interviews (N=1,919).

784. Israel Social Survey 2005
Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

The 2005 survey prolongs the series of Social Surveys the Central Bureau of Statistics has launched in 2002. It is a continuing survey carried out annually on a sample of persons aged 20 and older, integrating factual data, typically collected in other CBS surveys, with attitudes regarding these facts. Thus, it measures both objective and subjective well-being across time. Each Survey questionnaire consists of two parts: a set of core questions repeated annually, covering the respondent's situation in the principal areas of social life (family, health, education, work, etc.) and his or her evaluation of their situation, and a variable module which focuses on a different policy-relevant topic each survey year.

In 2005 the variable module investigated labor force participation and provides information concerning different employment patterns, and allows for a better understanding of situations of underemployment and voluntary lack of labor force participation. The survey was ordered by the Ministry of Finance which examined reasons for part-time employment and no employment among various social groups. ISDC divided the long questionnaire into two parts. The first part includes the core questionnaire for respondent and the other includes details on household members. N=7,478.

At present, ISDC holds the MUC version of the dataset. The PUF file is expected to be released soon.

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