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Panel of Social Inequalities in Catalonia (PaD)

Key words:

  • Panel survey
  • Longitudinal information
  • Study of social structure and inequalities

Compiled by: Fundació Jaume Bofill

The aim of Fundació Jaume Bofill (FJB) [Jaume Bofill Foundation] is to promote initiatives that contribute towards a better understanding of Catalan society and lead to actions for improvement by eliminating inequalities between individuals, groups and peoples and extending education and culture, in the broadest sense, to all those who are marginalised due to their social circumstances.

The FJB is independent of government, political parties, religious groups or other established social or economic groups.

Years available: 2001 to 2012 (1st to 11th waves).

Description of the sample: representative sample of Catalonia The surveys are conducted on people aged 16 and over from 2,000 households. Based on the fact that there is an average of 2.72 people per household in Catalonia, the original sample is made up of 5,445 individuals.

Households were selected using a multi-phase stratification method, taking the following variables into account: geographic area, size of the municipality and social structure (social class).

Main contents: Education, productive work, household work and providing care for others, conciliation, fertility, health, use of time, information about parents, position and social relations, couple situation, values and attitudes

Area covered: Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. The PaD is a survey for studying the social structure and inequalities in Catalonia. The data on Catalonia can provide information of great importance at international level for studying the characteristics of Mediterranean Europe.

Would you like to work with the PaD data?

If you need data for academic research, practical work with your students, your master’s thesis, doctoral research or any other activity that involves quantitative analysis, PaD could be just what you’re looking for!

You can get free access to PaD data by submitting your project for analysing and/or using the data. Data matrices from the 1st to the 11th waves (2001 to 2012) are currently available, as well as an individual and a household longitudinal data matrix, with longitudinally purged and harmonised variables.

If you’re interested in the data matrices, we suggest you have a look at one or two of the documents first to ensure that they contain what you’re looking for.

  • Summary of contents. This document lists the contents in each of the editions of the survey by subject area. Beyond the main body of the questionnaire, there are subject areas that have not appeared in all the waves – check which waves contain the information you’re looking for.
  • Longitudinal report on contents. Once you've located the subject and the wave or waves that contain the data you’re after, this document allows you to go into more detail and see the variables in each specific topic.

If you decide you want to work with the PaD data, the data transfer process is quick and easy.

  1. Fill in the data request form.
  2. Send it by e-mail to
  3. We’ll assess your application and then contact you within a few days.
  4. If the transfer will be possible, we’ll have to sign a data transfer agreement, and within a matter of days we’ll be able to provide you with the data matrices.

If you would like more general information about the PaD, you can:

If you would like to consult all publications using PaD data (documents in Catalan, Spanish and English), go to the publications section.

And don’t forget, we’ll be happy to help with any queries you may have. Please contact Laura Morató