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Regional benchmarks for the Household Economic Survey

Regional benchmarks for the Household Economic Survey explains how previous benchmarks used in the Household Economic Survey (HES) led to inconsistent reported estimates, and how new benchmarks have corrected these estimates.
For HES 2009/10, household counts for Wellington region were not as expected. While we report food estimates at a national level in our information releases, the unexpected household counts led to unusual movements for the food estimates when we analysed them by region. Our new benchmarks control the number of households at the regional level and correct the problem with the estimates.

In this report we describe the problem then explain how the new benchmarks are constructed. Next we compare the original, or ‘old’, benchmarks with the new benchmarks, and follow this with analysis that shows the new benchmarks are fit for the intended purpose.

To read the report, download or print the PDF from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

ISBN 978-0-478-40801-0 (online)
Published 28 November 2012

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