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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.

Survey balances can be positive or negative

Source Publication:
OECD, 2003, Business Tendency Surveys: A Handbook, OECD, Paris, Glossary

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