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Re: FW: Re: st: isco esec issp

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: FW: Re: st: isco esec issp
Date   Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:52:03 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Sat, 18/4/09, Andi Kopf wrote:
> I looked after the manual recoding from HARRY GANZEBOOM
> I noticed that Ganzeboom didn't translate these codes.
> So now I don't know what to do with these codes?
> There is no evidence how to put these codes into ISEI
> scheme.

What you need to do now is to go to the definitions of 
these ISCO codes. In some cases the codes are very general 
(e.g. 100, which basically only uses one digit coding 
instead of four digit coding), and you might want to give 
it the average ISEI for that entire 1 digit group. In other 
cases the codes don't exist in the formal definition (e.g. 
1238), you could look at the other variables (e.g. 
education) to see if the first few digits are plausable, 
and if so, you could reclassify it as the "other" category 
within the higher digit group (e.g. recode 1238 to 1239). 
Sometimes occupations are so rare that you would not expect 
them to turn up in a survey (e.g. 1110, legislators). You 
could again check whether this is a plausible code using 
other variables, and if you are satisfied you could find a 
profession you expect to have a similar status and attach 
that codes ISEI value (e.g. give legislators the ISEI of 

The definitions of the ISCO88 codes can be found here:

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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