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Canberra Group on Household Income Statistics

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The primary objective was to enhance national household income statistics by developing relevant standards on conceptual and practical issues. To improve international comparability, the Group has developed and recommended international guidelines and standards. The Group was established to address the common conceptual, definitional, and practical problems that national statistical offices are facing in the area of household income distribution statistics. Its work is preparatory to a revision of the international guidelines on income distribution.

Active years:

1996 - 2000

Point of contact

Louis Rouillard
Statistics Canada
R.H. Coats Building 25th Floor
Ottawa , CANADA K1A 0T6
Telephone: 1-(613) 951-5895
Fax: 1- (613) 951-1231
E-mail: (Louis Rouillard, Statistics Canada)
E-mail: (Tim Smeeding, Luxembourg )
E-mail: (Paul van der Laan, CBS, The Netherlands)


Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, France Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), International Labour Organization (ILO), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Luxembourg Income Study Group at the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies / International Networks for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development (CEPS/INSTEAD), United Nations Statistics Division, World Bank and the Economic Commission for Europe.


First meeting: 2-4 December 1996 in Canberra, Australia
Second meeting: 9-11 March 1998 in Voorburg, the Netherlands
Third meeting: 7-9 June 1999 in Ottawa, Canada
Fourth and final plenary meeting: 14-17 May 2000, in Differdange, Luxembourg
Canberra Editorial Review Board: 26-27 October 2000, OECD, Paris, France

Topics considered

Data sources, methodology and quality; measures of income inequality; longitudinal data issues; data presentation issues; international comparability; statistical units: concepts, definitions, and use; development of a hierarchy of income concepts and definitions; reconciliation with national accounts and other national aggregates; measurement of self-employment income; and revision of present international guidelines.


All papers and reports of the Canberra Group meeting including the Group's final report and recommendations can be downloaded from the Canberra Group's web site on the Internet, which is maintained by the Luxembourg Income Study Group at the following: