Download data for Chapters 5 and 6

ESS Multilevel Data is an online service that makes it possible to download ESS survey data together with data for countries and regions. You are now going to visit this site and create and download the data you need to do the exercises in Chapters 5 and 6.

We recommend you to keep the instructions on this page open in one browser window, and to open the ESS MD in another window. This enables you to switch between windows, and it will definitely be useful for those of you who are not able to memorize a whole page at one glance.

It will be useful for your later searches for data to spend some time on ESS MD and to familiarize yourself with the resource. In order to keep the pace up, however, you can also start with these stepwise instructions:

  1. Click this link and open ESS MD in a new window.
  2. There are two gateways into the data. Please select the one called ‘ESS Multilevel Download’.
  3. If you are a registered user of ESS data, please enter your e-mail address. If you are not already registered, you will have to fill in a short form. Registration is free and fast.
  4. You will need data from Round 5 of the ESS, and you will need to download respondents from all the countries. Please tick for all the Round 5 countries and click ‘Next’.
  5. The tree shows all the available levels: a) country b) region (ess region, nuts1, nuts2 and nuts3) and c) individual (the ESS respondents). You will need data for individuals and countries for Chapters 5 and 6.
  6. Start with the individual level variables. Click the ‘+’ in front of ‘ESS5-2010, ed. 3.2 - Individual level’.
    1. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Media and social trust’ and tick the variable:
      - ‘Most people can be trusted or you can’t be too careful’
    2. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Politics’ and tick the variables:
      - ‘Trust in country’s parliament’
      - ‘Trust in the legal system’
      - ‘Trust in the police’
      - ‘Trust in politicians’
      - ‘Trust in political parties’
      - ‘How satisfied with present state of economy in country’
      - ‘How satisfied with the national government’
      - ‘How satisfied with the way democracy works in country’
    3. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Subjective well-being, social exclusion, religion...’ and tick the variables:
      - ‘How happy are you’
      - ‘How often people meet socially with friends, relatives or colleagues’
    4. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Gender, Year of birth and Household grid’ and tick the variables:
      - ‘Gender’
      - ‘Age of respondent’
    5. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Socio-demographics’ and tick the variables:
      - ‘Interviewer code, lives with husband/wife/partner’
      - ‘Interviewer code, lives with husband/wife/partner’ (there are two variables with similar labels)
      - ‘Highest level of education, ES - ISCED’
      - ‘Years of full-time education completed’
      - ‘Household’s total net income, all sources’
      - ‘Feeling about household’s current net income’
  7. Proceed with the country level variables. Click the ‘+’ in front of ‘Country level’.
    1. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Demography’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Population size’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Population size 2008’
    2. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Economy’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘National economic accounts’ and tick the variable
      - ‘GDP per capita 2008’
    3. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Economy’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Gini coefficient’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Gini coefficient after taxes - Total population 2005’
    4. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Economy’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Social expenditure’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Social expenditure as a percentage of GDP 2005’
    5. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Composite measures’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Human development index’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Human development index, HDR 2007’
    6. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Composite measures’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Gender empowerment measure' and tick the variable
      - ‘Gender empowerment measure 2009’
    7. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Composite measures’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Multidimensional poverty index (MPI)' and tick the variable
      - ‘Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2011’
    8. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Composite measures’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Freedom in the world’ and tick the variables
      - ‘Freedom in the world - Political rights 2008’
      - ‘Freedom in the world - Civil liberties 2008’
      - ‘Freedom in the world - Status 2008’
    9. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Health’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Life expectancy’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Life expectancy at birth (years) both sexes 2008’
    10. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Health’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Health expenditure’ and tick the variables
      - ‘General government expenditure on health as a % of total government expenditure 2007’
      - ‘Per capita total expenditure on health 2007’
    11. Click the ‘+’ in front of the variable group ‘Crime’, the ‘+’ in front of the group ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’ and tick the variable
      - ‘Transparency International - Corruption Perceptions Index 2008’
  8. Select your preferred data format in the drop-down box at the top right-hand corner of the page and click ‘Download’. Save the file to your computer.
  9. If you find theese steps a bit too tedious, you may follow this link, select the preferred data format and download the file.
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