The Mauritius Household Budget Survey was carried out between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 by the Central Statistics Office of Mauritius. The survey was conducted among a sample of 6,720 private households representative of all households in the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, with 560 households surveyed each month. The main objective of the survey was to obtain up-to-date information on the consumption patterns of the Mauritian population to update the Consumer Price Index. The HBS also provides data on the distribution of household income and expenditure and is widely used for poverty analysis.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
Version 1: Edited, anonymised data available on DataFirst's Secure Research Data Centre
The scope of the study includes:
Household data: demographic and educational characteristics of household members, employment status of each household member, dwelling, fuel used for cooking, household possessions, expenses over the previous 12 months.
Expenditure data: goods and services obtained free or at reduced prices, own consumption goods from house garden, consumption of own produced goods, sale of own produced goods from house garden, and goods consumed from own shop, tabagie, store, other outlet.
Income data: employee income, income from self-employment, property income, like withdrawal from savings, inheritances, transfer income.
The survey had national coverage
The survey covered private households of residents of Mauritius.
Producers and sponsors
Central Statistics Office
Government of Mauritius
The initial response rate was 74% before replacing households that were unable or unwilling to participate in the survey. After replacement by households having similar stratification criteria, the response rate was 100%.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The Household Budget Survey was conducted with 4 questionnaires:
A household questionnaire, to collect information on the characteristics of the selected households and its members.
An income questionnaire, to collect data on the income of each income earner in the household.
A point of purchase questionnaire, to collect data on outlets where households usually purchase goods and services.
A daily diary, to record daily household expenditure.
University of Cape Town
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Central Statistics Office. Household Budget Survey 2006-2007 [dataset]. Version 1. Port Louis: Central Statistics Office [producer], 2007. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/nmaj-f510