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Household Economic Survey classifications

For the 2006/07 Household Economic Survey a new expenditure classification, the New Zealand Household Expenditure Classification, was developed. This classification better aligns with the consumers price index, national accounts, and international standards. It is substantially different from the classification used in the 2003/04 and earlier surveys.

In 2009/10 this classification underwent minor changes. These changes were made at the item level to reflect real world changes. For example, a new item was created for ‘digital downloads’ in the recording media class of the recreation and culture group. An example of where two items have been combined is that of ‘mini-discs’ and ‘recording media not elsewhere classified’. Changes made to Household Economic Survey classifications for 2009/10 details the changes.

The available files contain the expenditure classifications used in the 2003/04, 2006/07, 2009/10, and 2012/13 Household Economic Survey.

In June 2016 we added the classification file for HES (Net worth): 2014/15

Page updated 28 June 2016

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