School-to-work transition survey (SWTS) micro data files 2004-2006

Between 2004 and 2006, the ILO partnered with eight countries to pilot its SWTS. Details of the surveys are included in the following table:

Sample size, reference period and geographic coverage

Country Sample size (youth) Sample Size (Employers) Reference Period Geographic coverage
Azerbaijan 4,972 n.a Aug 2005 National
China 6,633 209 Jan to Mar 2005 4 Urban areas - Dalian, Changsha, Liuzhour and Tianjin
Egypt 3,506 347 Sept to Oct 2005 National
Iran 3,245 48 Sept to Oct 2005 3 provinces - East Azarbayejan, Lorestan and Tehran
Kosovo 1,336 261 Sept to Oct 2004 5 (of 7) regions - Pristina, Mitrovica, Gijlan, Gjakova, Prizren
Mongolia 6,301 755 Nov to Dec 2006 National
Nepal 2,382 120 Sept to Oct 2005 3 areas (5 districts) - Banke, Kathmandu Valley (including Bhaktapur, kathmandu and Lalitpur district) and Morang
Syria 1,798 200 Nov 2005 5 provinces - Aleppo, Damascus (urban and rural), Hamah and Tartus

The micro data files for the surveys are available below. Some words of caution, however:

The SWTS run between 2004 and 2006 are not strictly compatible to the surveys being run now under the W4Y Project. The SWTS questionnaire has been heavily revised in collaboration with an Advisory Group on Labour Statistics and is now much more in line with a model labour force survey questionnaire. A major adaptation of the grid for capturing the economic history of the young respondent has also occurred. Tabulations plans have also been improved in the current versions, particularly in the area of calculating the stages of transition.

• All data files have been cleaned to rid the data of obvious inconsistencies and filter out observations where basic background information was missing, such as gender and age. Still, there remain considerable cross-country variations in the details of the questionnaires, such as the questions asked, different types of respondents who answered the same questions, and different reply categories used for the same question. It is very important that our readers understand that strict comparisons of SWTS results across countries are not possible due to the differing sampling methodologies applied.

• The employer sample data is often not presented for a country. Where the data are missing it is either because the raw data were not available in the country or because there was a lack of resources to randomize and extend the employer coverage beyond the formal sector enterprises.

Micro Data Files

Azerbaijan questionnaire and data (STATA and Excel)
China questionnaire and data (STATA and Excel)
Egypt questionnaire and data (STATA)
Iran, Islamic Republic of questionnaire and data (STATA and Excel)
Kosovo questionnaire and data (STATA)
Mongolia questionnaire and data (STATA)
Nepal data (STATA and Excel)
Syrian Arab Republic questionnaire and data (STATA and SPSS)