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CSES Module 1-3 Harmonized Trend File

Contributed by: Heiko Giebler, Josephine Lichteblau, Antonia May, Reinhold Melcher, Aiko Wagner, Bernhard Weßels

Contact Persons: Josephine Lichteblau josephine.lichteblau@wzb.eu, Bernhard Weßels bernhard.wessels@wzb.eu, and Heiko Giebler heiko.giebler@wzb.eu.

Version: May 31, 2016

DOI: 10.7804/cses.trendfile.2016-05-31 (What is this?)

Download the documentation files here:
CSES1-3_Overview.pdf ... Read this first, for an overview of all of the files. (Adobe PDF file)
CSES1-3_Documentation.pdf ... Extensive variable-level documentation. (Adobe PDF file)
CSES1-3_AppendixA_PartiesAndCandidates.xlsx ... (Microsoft Excel file)
CSES1-3_AppendixB_CoverageVariables.xlsx ... (Microsoft Excel file)
CSES1-3_AppendixC_CoverageElections.xlsx ... (Microsoft Excel file)

Download the data set here, in Stata 14 format:
CSES1-3_harmonized_complete.zip ... Everything in one data set. (~45 MB Zip file containing a ~850 MB Stata 14 data set and 1,818 variables)
CSES1-3_harmonized_only.zip ... Only the harmonized and modified variables. (~20 MB Zip file containing a ~350 MB Stata 14 data set and 740 variables)
CSES1-3_original.zip ... Only the original CSES variables. (~26 MB Zip file containing a ~650 MB Stata 14 data set and 1,187 variables)

If you wish to use the complete data set, you need only download the first file listed.

As the complete data set is quite large, for your convenience, we are also providing it split into two smaller datasets. If you wish to use only the harmonized and modified variables, you need download only the second data set listed. Note that the second and third data sets listed can be merged together using the Respondent ID variable which is present in each dataset, if you wish to do so, resulting the complete data set (the first data set listed) again.

If you prefer, you can download Stata 13 versions of the same files here:
CSES1-3_harmonized_complete_13.zip ... Everything in one data set. (~45 MB Zip file containing a ~850 MB Stata 13 data set and 1,818 variables)
CSES1-3_harmonized_only_13.zip ... Only the harmonized and modified variables. (~20 MB Zip file containing a ~350 MB Stata 13 data set and 740 variables)
CSES1-3_original_13.zip ... Only the original CSES variables. (~26 MB Zip file containing a ~650 MB Stata 13 data set and 1,187 variables)

Citation: Heiko Giebler, Josephine Lichteblau, Antonia May, Reinhold Melcher, Aiko Wagner & Bernhard Weßels. CSES MODULE 1-3 HARMONIZED TREND FILE [dataset]. May 31, 2016 version. doi: 10.7804/cses.trendfile.2016-05-31

Description: The CSES Harmonized Trend File includes all variables of all election studies that are covered by CSES Modules 1 to 3 (December 15, 2015 version). As opposed to just creating a merged dataset containing each variable for each wave, we cumulated, and partly integrated, all micro- and macro-level variables (except for the ID, weighting and administrative variables) that are part of at least two of the three waves. As a result, and in contrast to the separate datasets of wave 1 to 3, there are common missing codes for all variables in the dataset. Moreover, this means that for those variables there is only one harmonized variable containing all cases of all (or up to) three waves in the harmonized dataset. Coding of these variables has been harmonized as well to ensure that values represent the same substantive content over all waves for which the variable is present. In addition, we renamed and recoded variables containing information on parties and candidates whenever necessary to make it easier for scholars to link this information.

All in all, this Harmonized Trend File provides a sound data source for analyses covering more than one wave of CSES and ensures validity and reliability of empirical research by providing universal coding of variables whenever possible between waves. CSES Module 4 will be included in the upcoming years.