Statistics Mauritius conducts the Household Budget Survey to collect data on the consumption patterns of the population living in private households in Mauritius. The data is used to update the "basket of goods and services" for the compilation of Mauritius' Consumer Price Index. Following the recommendation of an IMF mission in 2008, the coverage of the Household Budget Survey was extended to include private households of foreign citizens living in the country.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
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The survey covered private households of residents of Mauritius.
Producers and sponsors
Government of Mauritius
A stratified two-stage sampling design was used for the purpose of this survey. Clusters containing more than 50 households were stratified by geographical district and within each district by region (according to their level of relative development). At the first stage, a sample of clusters was selected within each stratum with probability proportional to size. The household within each selected cluster were stratified according to household size, expenditure class and religion. At the second stage, 8 households were sampled from each selected cluster. The total sample size was 6,720 private households surveyed at the rate of 560 per month.
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 for a month.
University of Cape Town
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