Incomes and Expenditures of Ukrainian Households from 2015 till Earlier Half of 2016

  • A. P. Revenko
Keywords: households’ incomes, households’ expenditures, survey on living conditions of households, consumption of foods, self-assessment of incomes, material well-being

Abstract

Principles of organization and practice of the surveys devoted to living conditions of households, conducted by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, are studied. Change in the households’ incomes and expenditures from 2015 till earlier half of 2016 and the impact of inflation on them is analyzed. Consumption of basic foods by the population and self-assessment of material condition by the households is shown.  

It is demonstrated that studies of households’ incomes and expenditures constitute the most significant part of broader surveys devoted to living conditions of households. These surveys meet all the international requirements, including recommendations of the International Labor Organization “Consumer Price Indices”, approved at the end of 2003, and Eurostat recommendations “Household Budget Surveys in the EU. Methodology and Recommendation for Harmonization”.

It is emphasized that the household surveys need to cover the expenditures on electricity and utility services, bearing in mind the society’s concern with them. In these surveys, monetary incomes of the households include minor subsidies and discounts in cash, received, by large, as a compensation for the purchased coal. 

The need for recalculating the expenditures in “constant prices” is justified: because in the household surveys these expenditures are given in reported prices, they may measure the structural change rather than the real dynamics.   

Average monthly per capita consumption of foods by the households is analyzed in terms of primary product. It is demonstrated that consumption of selected categories of foods features a wide gap between urban and rural households, and, expectedly, between decile groups of the households.

The analysis covers data on self-assessment of incomes by the households, collected through the program for survey on living conditions of households, conducted by the State Statistics Service annually. It should be stressed that these data are based on subjective judgments on whether or not the disposable income suffices to satisfy basic and related needs.

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2016-12-15
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Revenko, A. P. (2016). Incomes and Expenditures of Ukrainian Households from 2015 till Earlier Half of 2016 . Statistics of Ukraine, (4(75), 33-43. Retrieved from https://su-journal.com.ua/index.php/journal/article/view/221