ESS5 Error in income data (GRSPAYA)

For three countries, Croatia, Israel and Ukraine, variable GRSPAYA (G56) has been deposited without converting national currency to euro. Prior to use in cross-national comparisons, this variable should thus be adjusted by dividing substantial (ie non-missing) values by 7.058 (Croatia), 4.950154 (Israel) and 11.552 (Ukraine) respectively. The denominators reflect national conversion rates to euro at the time of fieldwork. Recoded versions of GRSPAYA for Croatia, Israel and Ukraine will be available in future releases of the ESS5 data. See below for suggested temporary solution to the problem, based on a recoding of the most recent version (as of 24th of August 2012) of the integrated file in SPSS (in this example, stored locally in folder "ESS" on the C: drive):

GET file 'C:\ESS\ESS5e02.sav'.
IF (CNTRY = "HR" AND 0 < GRSPAYA < 6666666) GRSPAYA=GRSPAYA / 7.058.
IF (CNTRY = "IL" AND 0 < GRSPAYA < 6666666) GRSPAYA=GRSPAYA / 4.950154.
IF (CNTRY = "UA" AND 0 < GRSPAYA < 6666666) GRSPAYA=GRSPAYA / 11.552.
EXECUTE.

(24/08/12)

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