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Hungarian Life Course Survey

The Hungarian Life Course Survey is an individual panel survey conducted annualy. The original sample (10,022 respondents) was chosen in 2006 from the population of eighth class students with valid test scores from the National Assessment of Basic Competencies. The sample includes a large subsample of students with special education needs (and their scores in reading). The first survey wave was completed during the winter of 2006/7, and subsequent waves have been fielded on a yearly basis. Currently there are 4 waves with fairly large response rates (2007:9000; 2008:8648; 2009:8110 people) the 5th wave of data – students entering the labor market or tertiary education - is being gathered. Students are tracked throughout their school career; the reasons of dropout is also investigated. The questionnaire contains detailed questions on ethnicity, schools, family background including poverty and home environment, as well as many other dimensions. Main blocks are: family and financial situation, parents’ work history, studies/school results, school change/dropout, personal work story/labor market status, partner/child questionnaire. Each wave has a special block. 1. wave: birth data, childhood, preschool, previous school full story, high-school application, disadvantages, diseases and special needs. 2. wave: ethnicity; 3. wave: alkohol and drug, 4.wave: network, prejudice, attitudes; 5. waves: education plans, graduation / professional exam results, employment/job search/jobless, diseases/deaths in family. The dataset of the Hungarian Life Course Survey contains the personal- class- and school level test scores from the National Assessment of Basic Competencies (NABC). The yearly datasets can be merged with the created key variable (sorszam) and using a special identification number it can be combined with the NABC dataset as well.