New datasets received by ISDC goes through a procedure of checking, reformatting,
documenting and preparing a user-friendly product. However, this page describes only
few collections that got particular upgrading by the ISDC staff. Several data
collections comprise 5 or more datasets, which have been collected using the same
design and method. Although their data structure may not be similar, they have been
brought to the same format and use the same metadata. Other collections encompass time series, are
managed, updated and extended on a regular basis by ISDC.
Typical data collections are:
Israel Election Studies: 1969 - 2006
Conducted by Asher Arian & Michal Shamir
The aim of these studies is to investigate voting patterns, public opinion, and political
participation in Israel. Their by-product is a high quality data collection that serves
research needs of social scientists, teachers and students, who are concerned with the
theoretical and empirical foundations of mass politics in Israel society. Since several
questions have been repeatedly investigated throughout the last 34 years, these surveys
formulate a unique source of information on public opinion trends and political
behavior in Israel. Since 1969, Asher Arian and Michal Shamir, (who joint him later on)
conduct these surveys previous to and sometimes also subsequent to, each elections to
the Knesset and recently also to the Prime Minister.
See list of Bibliography.
Election studies design:
||Three waves during August - December 1969 (not a panel study)
||Five waves during May 1973 - January 1974. Only the first 2 - phases consists panel
||Three Pre-election waves in March - May and one post-election wave in June 1977 (a panel study)
||Three pre-election waves during March - June 1981
||One phase pre-election study, July 1984
||Two pre-election waves, conducted from December 1987 to October 1988
||One phase pre-election survey, conducted in June 1992
||One phase pre-election survey, conducted in May 1996
||Two wave's panel: a pre-election survey conducted in
April-May and a post-election survey conducted right after
the elections in May 1999
||A pre-election survey conducted between January 7 and February 4, 2001
||A pre-election survey conducted in January 2003
||A Pre-election survey conducted in February 28-March 23.
Post-election survey conducted in March 30-April 23, 2006
Each election study addresses a wide range of substantive themes including:
expectations about the election outcome; perceptions and evaluations of the major
parties and their candidates; information about politics; partisanship; assessments of
the relative importance of major problems facing the country; attention to campaign
coverage in the mass media (in recent studies); feelings of political efficacy; political
values; conservatism vs. liberalism; trust in government; political participation; vote
choice; economic well- being; positions on social welfare, economic, social, and civil
rights issues; evaluations of political figures and groups; detailed demographic
information; and measures of religious affiliation and religiosity.
The collection includes both data and metadata files. The Hebrew questionnaires
were translated and converted into variable names by the ISDC staff. Please note that
the variable names are abbreviations rather than full translation of the questions' text.
Images of the original questionnaires are included as well. So are SAS definition
The CD-Rom includes the following dictionaries:
||Data files (ASCII)
||Questionnaire - image files of the Hebrew questionnaires
||Data files (ASCII)
||Study_desc - Study descriptions from the ISDC catalog
||Variable_list - from the ISDC catalog
||Contents.txt - data files directory
Please note that Election Studies 1999, 2001 and 2003, including full wording of the questionnaire,
are available also in
1981-1995 Labor Force Surveys in Judea Samaria and Gaza
This collection contains microdata of Labor Force Surveys in Judea, Samaria
and Gaza area, performed by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics during 1981 - 1995.
The main purpose of these surveys was to track labor force changes in the population
aged 15 and over, according to various variables. The production of this data collection
has been supported by Prof. Joshua Angrist, who also contributed the 1981-1991 data
to the ISDC. 15 annual datasets are grouped into 3 data files:
||Dataset 583: 1981-1991 surveys (men only)
||Dataset 582: 1992-1993 surveys
||Dataset 581: 1994-1995 surveys (1995 first 3 quarters only)
Beside ASCII micro-data files, the collection includes a study description, a variable
list and SAS statements for each dataset. Datasets 582 and 581 share the same format
and variables list while all datasets share other parts of documentation: codebooks,
appendix, the Standard Classifications of Occupations and Standard Classification of
Industries. Also included are SAS data definition statements for reading the data.
Publications based on data of the Central Bureau of Statistics and on ISDC data should
acknowledge those sources by means of bibliographic citations. publications based on
the 1981-1991 surveys should also acknowledge Joshua Angrist who processed and
contributed dataset 583. Users are urged to refer to Prof. Angrist's publications listed
in the CD-ROM.
There are 3 directories in this collection, usually distributed on CD-ROM:
Naming Conventions for Files
- DOCUMENT directory contains dataset descriptions and variable lists.
- DATA directory contains the 11 ASCII data files, each of them named Fyyyy.dat where yyyy is the year of accidents.
- SAS directory contains SAS data definition statements for 1989-1995 datasets, which can be used to generate SAS system files.
- Root directory. This directory contains a copy of this document and list of contents of the CD-ROM in both ASCII and MS-WORD formats.
Files have been assigned DOS-compatible names. Accordingly, each file name in the
data directory has two parts: the name and the extension, separated by a period.
File name extensions usually indicate the format in which a file is written, as follows:
||dat: data file in ASCII format
||txt: documentation file in ASCII format (readme files only)
||doc: documentation file as MS-Word document
||sas: SAS data definition statements
The use of this data collection is subdue to the User¹s License listed in license.doc and
license.txt in the DOCUMENT directory. Users of these data are reminded that all
policies regarding the use of the ISDC data also apply to this data collection.
Users in the ISDC member institutions will not distribute data or other materials
supplied by the ISDC to other members, organizations, or to individuals at other
institutions without a written permission from the ISDC.
While copies of the files can be made locally accessible within research
groups at member institutions, copies are not to be made for users at non-member
institutions nor are copies to be taken to off-site locations for non-member activities.
As with data provided on any other medium, the authorized user is responsible for the
datasets he receives or purchase. Additional copies of this and other data collections may be
ordered by contacting the ISDC office or website.
This collection been prepared in 1999 by Natasha Volchkin. Translation and typing of
documentation files was carried out by Yael Yifrach, both of them from the ISDC staff.
Economic Time Series for Israel (ETSI)
ETSI, consisting of time series for several hundred variables of the Israel
economy, has been developed as a tool for research rather than as a source for up-to-date
intelligence on the Israeli economy. In this regard, it differs from its source databases.
Bank of Israel economic database maintained by its research department, the majority
of which is based on the Central Bureau of Statistics. ETSI is divided into sections
such as National Accounts, Balance of Payments, Labour Market, and Monetary
Sector, where annual time series have, as far as possible, common start dates in the
ETSI provides the underlying data rather than transformations of it. For example, it
provides data on levels of variables rather than their rates of change, and it includes the
underlying nominal data from which constant price aggregates are imputed.
The database was initiated by Prof. Michael Beenstock of the Hebrew University, who
had also built and contributed the housing market series for the years 1975-1995. all
series, except the Housing Market workbook are updated every other year.
CENSUSES - Small Area Statistics
Census of population and housing is a comprehensive source of demographic
and socio-economic characteristics of individuals and households. The
information generated from the data ranges from the national level to more
specific profiles of small geographic units, which can not be obtained from
sample surveys due to their poor representation of small areas. Israel Central
Bureau of Statistics produces and publishes many figures on localities and
on sub-divisions of large urban localities. ISDC acquires these outputs and
produces further aggregates from the individual level dataset of the extended
questionnaire. This was done on both 1995 and 1983 censuses.
Dataset 313: Small area statistics from 1983 census
2 summary datasets were created by the ISDC from the micro-level dataset of
the 1983 Census - Stage B, entailing Small Area Statistics for geographic units:
locality, quarter, sub-quarter and statistical area. Records 931301 and 931302
include individual and household data from the extended questionnaire, such as
demographic profile, labour force characteristics, education, income,
employment, housing density and dependency ratios. The socio-economic score
produced by the CBS for geographic units was added at the end of record
931301. Record 931303, received from the Central Bureau of Statistics,
included Small Area Statistics for the short questionnaire detailing geographical
unit classification and basic demographic details such as age, country of origin,
religion and size of average household. A valuable related dataset is #315: CBS
characterization and classification of geographical units by socio-economic
level of the population. This dataset presents a socio-economic scores and
ranking of geographic units by these scores. It also includes 16 indicators that
took part in calculating the scores.
Dataset 116: Small Area Statistics of 1995 census
This dataset incorporates tables produced and published by the CBS, with other
tables prepared by the ISDC from dataset no. 113. Dataset 116 includes Small
Area Statistics on demographic composition of population, its labour force
characteristics, salaries, level of schooling and household characteristics. The
tables were produced for all geographic divisions: for localities, sub-quarters,
statistical areas, districts, sub-districts and natural areas. The tables of employed
persons by occupation and economic branches (2digit classification) have been
produced by the CBS. All other tables were prepared by ISDC from the
extended questionnaire dataset. The tables are available in both EXCEL and
Last Updated on 05/12/2006 by ISDC