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BALANCES, SURVEY

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Definition:
Balances (also called net balances) are used to summarise answers to multiple-choice questions in business tendency and consumer opinion surveys. “No-change” answers (such as “normal” or “same”) are ignored and the balance is obtained by taking the difference between the weighted percentages of respondents giving favourable and unfavourable answers.

Context:
Survey balances can be positive or negative
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Source Publication:
OECD, 2003, Business Tendency Surveys: A Handbook, OECD, Paris, Glossary
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Cross References:
Balance (in business tendency surveys)

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Friday, December 10, 2004

Last updated on Tuesday, March 26, 2013