The 2004 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Household Budget Survey was implemented in partnership by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Statistics (BHAS), the Institute of Statistics of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FIS) and the Institute of Statistics of the Republika Srpska (RSIS). Financial support to carry out the survey was provided by the Italian Government and Cooperazione Italiana, with the technical assistance of the experts of Istat, the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Support for the production of the HBS sample was given by DFID, the United Kingdom Department for International Development.
Already in 1998 and 1999, the statistical authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina had identified as their priority the implementation of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) and the Household Budget Survey (HBS), with the overall aim of strengthening their household survey capacity, as well as acquiring reliable data on labor force composition and unemployment, living conditions and poverty levels, income and consumption patterns and economic and social policy performance as a whole.
The Household Budget Survey (HBS) constitutes the basic information to describe, analyse and interpret consumption expenditure of households in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The survey, based on a sample of households, collects data on household expenditures for consumption, with a particular focus on the social and economic aspects of household living conditions. By virtue of its sample design, the survey allows both the qualitative and quantitative analysis of living standards and consumption behaviour of households, referring to different typologies and territorial and social contexts.
The main purpose of the survey is to collect information on the structures and levels of consumption expenditure by the main social, economic and territorial characteristics of households; all expenditures incurred by households to purchase goods and services for personal consumption are registered.
The definition of consumption expenditure also includes goods coming from the household garden or farm which have been directly consumed by the household itself (self-consumption); goods and services provided by the employers as salary; the imputed rent for houses occupied by the owner or used without a charge. Any other expenditure incurred by households for purposes other than consumption is excluded from the concept of consumption expenditure (for example the purchase of a dwelling or a piece of land, the payment of taxes, expenditures connected with work activities, etc.). Data on the amount of consumption expenditure is collected at the moment the good or service is purchased, regardless of the moment it was actually consumed or paid (for example by credit card or installments).
In order to provide a complete picture, the survey collects data on expenditures for food and beverages, housing, furniture, clothes and footwear, health, transport and communication, recreation, culture and education and other goods and services not already mentioned, in addition to information on the household members (relationship with household head, age, marital status, education level, professional condition and position) and on housing characteristics.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
v01: Edited data, for internal use only.
The scope of the study includes:
- Household members' demographic characteristics;
- Income and savings;
The Federation of BiH, the Republika Srpska and the Brcko District.
Cities and settlements
Producers and sponsors
Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Statistics
Institute of Statistics of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Institute of Statistics of the Republika Srpska
Italian National Institute of Statistics
Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Statistics
United Kingdom Department for International Development
Italian Development Cooperation (Cooperazione Italiana)
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
The Federal Office of Statistics
The Household Budget Survey is a statistical survey which collects data on consumption expenditure, self-consumption and income in addition to data on basic demographic, economic and social characteristics of households. This data is used as a basis for the production of important indicators of household living standards, such as housing conditions, ownership of durable goods, dwelling heating systems, etc.
Data for this survey is collected through three questionnaires:
1. Diary of Purchases (HBS/1), in which the household records, on a daily basis over a 14 day period, quantities and values of products purchased, such as food, beverages and tobacco, as well as other products and services which the household uses on a regular basis (transport costs, personal hygiene, books, newspapers and various printed material, etc.).
2. Self-Consumption Booklet (HBS/1A), in which the household records, on a daily basis over a 14 day period, quantities consumed and estimated values of articles produced by the household.
3. Final Interview (HBS/2) which is used to collected data on household members, household expenditure for dwellings, procurement of durable goods and non-food products (furniture, services, clothing and footwear, health, transport and communication, recreation, culture, education, etc.), as well as data on household income and investments.
The use of the datasets must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the identification of the Primary Investigator (including country name)
- the full title of the survey and its acronym (when available), and the year(s) of implementation
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download (for datasets disseminated online)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Statistics, the Institute of Statistics of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Institute of Statistics of the Republika Srpska. Bosnia and Herzegovina Household Budget Survey (HBS) 2004, Ref. BIH_2004_HBS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
The World Bank
Documentation of the study
Development Data Group
The World Bank
Revision of the study documentation
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
The following changes were made in v02 (September 2012):
- Added information in Scope and Contact(s);
- Included additional external resources.