The JSLC is conducted annually by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on a rotating panel of approximately 2000 households. This survey has been implemented without interruption since 1988. However, in 2003, a abridged version of the questionnaire containing consumption expenditure and basic houshold characteristics only was fielded. Since then, the full survey is fielded biannually. The main objective of the survey is to monitor the social conditions of the Jamaican populace.
The JSLC gleans household and individual data from a subset of the population covered by the Labour force Survey. Information is collected on consumption, health, education, nutrition, housing, demographic characteristics, and the Food Stamp Programme. The main purpose of the survey is to provide the government with information for policy development and planning. Although modeled of the World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) household surveys, it has a narrower focus and greater emphasis on policy impact. In 2006, the complete the survey - demographics, health, education housing, social welfare, and consumption expenditure- along with a remittances module, was fielded.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
2007-06-31- editted data used for report
The 2006 JSLC included all modules of the survey plus a module on remittances.
Food expenses including home production and food received as gifts
Non-food consumption expenditure
Inventory of durable goods owned by household
Miscellaneous income received by household
Household roster of all members
Illness during a 4 week period
Use of public and private health facilities
Cost of public and private facilities
Purchase and use of medications
level of health insurance
health status of children less than five years
Beneficiaries of social welfare
Presence of amenities - water, light, telephone
Structure of housing
Value of remittances
Source of remittance
Regularity of remittance
Use to which remittance put
Health and health care utilisation
Education and academic achievement
National covering all parishes in Jamaica
All non-institution dwellings All persons living in non-institutional dwellings in Jamaica
Producers and sponsors
Planning Institute of Jamaica
Statistical Institute of Jamaica
Government of Jamaica
The sample dwellings for the JSLC is a random sub-set of the sample of approximately one-third of the preceding Labour Force survey (LFS) to facilitate linkage of the data from both surveys. The sampling design is a two-stage stratified random sampling with the first stage being the selection of areas (enumeration districts (ED)) and the second stage a selection of dwellings. For the selection of EDsall in the country are grouped into Sampling Regions (SR) of strata of approximate equal size, in terms of the number odf dwellings. Two EDs are selected from each sampling region with probability proportionate to size. In each ED, a list of dwellings is prepared and this becomes the frame for the selection of the Master Sample of dwellings for the labour force.
Refusals 7.8% Vacant/closed dwellings 19.4% Total non-response - 28.1%
Data weighted for non-response
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Overall coordination at national level with a minimum of one supervisor per parish. The JSLC statisticians visit all the supervisors’ zones during the early part of the fieldwork and scrutinize a number of questionnaires completed by each interviewer and checked by the responsible supervisor. On-the-job training, corrections, etc are done as necessary.
Data Collection Notes
The planned sample size was 2668 households; actual sample was 1917. The refusal rate was 7.8%, while 19.4% of dwellings being closed/vacant. Less than 1% were rejected during data cleaning.
A household questionnaire was administered in each household to the household head or a representative. Information on household members including sex, age, marital/union status, etc. Household information such as housing and household expenditure are also collected. Individual information is as follows: Education for all persons 3 years and over Health for all persons Child health for children less than five years
Before data entry, all the questionnaires are edited and coded. All questionnaires partially completed, or not properly filled out, were removed from data entry operations if they could not be corrected. The questionnaires were then screened by the supervising Statisticians, before being submitted for data entry.
Estimates of Sampling Error
These are done and recorded in the report
University of the West Indies
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Statistical Institute Of Jamaica . Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, 2006 [Computer file]. Kingston, Jamaica: Statistical Institute Of Jamaica [producer], 2006. Kingston, Jamaica: Planning Institute of Jamaica and Derek Gordon Databank, University of the West Indies [distributors], 2007.
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies