Living in Ireland Survey, 1994-2001

Study Number (SN): 0031-00



The Living in Ireland Survey formed the Irish component of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP): an EU-wide project, co-ordinated by Eurostat, to conduct harmonised longitudinal surveys dealing the social situation, financial circumstances and living standards of European individuals and households. 

The fact that the same set of households were interviewed each year meant that it was possible to study changes in the characteristics and circumstances of particular households or individuals over time. Living in Ireland provides harmonised cross-sectional surveys for each year in which the survey is conducted, as well as longitudinal data, which permits dynamic analysis of changes over time.

There are 8 waves of data available through ISSDA, from 1994 to 2001. EU-SILC (Survey of Income and Living Conditions) commenced in 2003, and is the successor survey to the Living In Ireland dataset. This is also available through ISSDA.



There are four sets of data files provided through the ISSDA. They are described briefly here. Full details of the contents are available in the accompanying codebook.

Link (LINK): This file contains one record for every person who appears in a household included in the Living in Ireland Survey. It shows the person’s sex, date of birth and the ID of the household of which he or she was a member in each wave. It is used to match information on the individual across waves of the survey. The longitudinal weights for interviewed adults are included on the link file. It is sorted by the person’s unique fixed id number (zpfxid).

Register (REG): This file contains a record for every person in a sample household in each wave. Note that movers appear twice: once associated with the household they move out of, and once associated with the household they move into. The household of which a person is currently a member can be identified using the Zmemb variable. There is a register file for every wave of the survey. The register file is sorted by the unique household id (zhsdid) and the line number (zlineno).

Household (HSD): This file contains household level information on completed households in each wave. There is a separate file for each of the eight waves of the survey. The file is sorted by the unique household identifier zhsdid.

Individual (IND): This file contains a record for every individual age 16 and over who completed an individual questionnaire. There is an individual file for every wave of the survey. The file is sorted by zhsdid and zlineno.


Data (available through ISSDA application process)

There are 8 waves of data available through ISSDA, from 1994 to 2001. Data are provided in SPSS format only.


Documentation (available for download)




Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, send it to ISSDA by email.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.


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Journal Articles 

Madden, D. (2009), Mental stress in Ireland, 1994–2000: a stochastic dominance approach. Health Econ., 18: 1202–1217. doi:10.1002/hec.1425

Madden, D. (2010) Gender difference in mental wellbeing: A decomposition analysis. Social Indicators Research, 99, 101-114. doi:10.1007/s11205-009-9569-8

Madden, D. (2011). The Impact of an Economic Boom on the Level and Distribution of Subjective Well-Being: Ireland, 1994-2001. Journal Of Happiness Studies, 12(4), 667-679. doi:10.1007/s10902-010-9222-x

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C, Clarke, G, Li, J (2013) Using Simulated Data to examine the Determinants of Acute Hospital Demand at the Small Area Level. Geographical Analysis, 45 (1). pp. 49-76.

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C. (2011) The Spatial Distribution of Labour Force Participation & Market Earnings at the Sub-National Level in Ireland. Review of Economic Analysis, 3 (1). pp. 80-100.

Morrissey, K, Williamson, P, Clarke, G, Daly, A and O'Donoghue, C (2015) Mental Illness in Ireland: Simulating its spatial prevalence and the role of access to services. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 42. pp. 338-353. DOI:

Morrissey, K. Clarke, G., Hynes, S, O’Donoghue, C. (2010) Examining the factors associated with depression at the small area level in Ireland using spatial microsimulation techniques. Irish Geography, 43 (1). pp. 1-22.

Morrissey, K., Clarke, G., Ballas, D., Hynes, S. and O'Donoghue, C. (2008), Examining access to GP services in rural Ireland using microsimulation analysis. Area, 40: 354–364. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00844.x

Turner, H, Batchelor, A, Firth, D (2022)  Nonlinear discrete-time hazard models for women's entry into marriage.  Statistical Modelling 22 (1-2), pp. 107-126.


Books/ Book Chapters

Farrell, N, O'Donoghue, C, Morrissey, Karyn (2012) Simulated Model for the Irish Local Economy. In: Edwards, K. and Tanton, R., eds Microsimulation Methods and Models. Springer, London, pp. 200-217.

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C. Clarke, G. (2009) Accessibility Modelling: A Rural Health Care Application. In: Mager, Christophe and Bavaud, Francois, eds Handbook of Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. UNIL FGSE Workshop Series, No. 2. . Lausane University, Lausane, pp. 311-334.

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C., Clarke, G. (2012) Linking static spatial microsimulation modelling to macro models: The Relationship between Access to GP services & Long Term Illness. In: Edwards, K. and Tanton, R., eds Microsimulation Methods and Models. Springer, London, pp. 187-200.

Morrissey, K. and Clarke, G. and Ballas, D. and Hynes, S. and O'Donoghue, C. (2012) SMILE - An Applied Spatial Microsimulation Model for Ireland. In: Stimson, R. and Haynes, K., eds Geography at Work: Applying Geographical Analysis to in the Public and Business Domains. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, pp. 187-200.

O'Donoghue, C. and Ballas, D. and Clarke, G. and Hynes, S. and Morrissey, K. (2013) Spatial Microsimulation for rural policy analysis. Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, London, p. 264.

O'Donoghue, C. and Loughery, J. and Morrissey, K. (2014) Microsimulation estimates of the inequality impact of the economic crisis in Ireland. In: Dekkers, G. and Keegan, M. and O'Donoghue, C., eds New Pathways in Microsimulation. Ashgate, Surrey, p. 270.