Eurobarometer 54.0: The Euro, Financial Services, and Information Communication Technologies, October-November 2000 Archival Version


This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on the euro (the single European currency), financial services, and information communication technologies. Respondents were asked how informed and how interested they were in the euro, whether the euro's value had been irrevocably fixed against their national currencies, when the general public would be able to make cash-free payments in euros, and when it would no longer be possible to pay in national currencies. They were also asked whether they had already made payments or investments in euros and when they would change their bank accounts to be in euros only. A few questions asked about the euro logo, dual product pricing (prices listed in euros and in national currencies), whether respondents noticed dual prices in stores and, if so, which price they paid attention to, what certain items (e.g., cigarettes, eggs, shoes) would cost in euros, possible difficulties the changeover to the euro would cause for them and for the general public, and if they were worried about certain aspects of the changeover, such as coin and note recognition, being cheated, and making price comparisons. Questions regarding financial services probed for respondents' opinions on various financial institution functions, legislation surrounding financial services, consumer obstacles to using financial services in the European Union (EU), and the necessity of protecting consumers in the use of new technologies connected with financial services. The survey also collected information on respondents' payment preferences for major purchases, payments by telephone, computer, Internet, etc., savings accounts and loans, whether respondents had a checkbook, credit card, mortgage, or overdraft facility on a current account, and whether they were ready to use a pre-paid card to pay for minor purchases. Another set of questions, which focused on information communication technologies, asked whether respondents used a computer, e-mail, or the Internet, and if so, for what purpose, where, and if this changed the way they worked. Computer users were also asked where and why they learned how to use computers, what they used computers for, and what computer training qualifications they had. Currently employed respondents were asked about computer training for their jobs, how important it was to use a computer in their work, if they "teleworked" (i.e., worked away from their normal work place), and if so, in what ways telework affected them personally. Standard demographic information collected includes age, gender, occupation, age at completion of education, number of people in household, number of children under 15 in household, household income, size of locality, and region of residence.

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Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Smallest Geographic Unit: country

Multistage national probability samples.

2010-04-22 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and codebook have been updated. Also, the SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file and data collection instrument have been added.2006-02-17 The data have been further processed by the ZA and the SPSS setup file and codebook have been updated. Also, SAS and Stata setup files, an SPSS portable file and a SAS transport file have been added.2001-12-14 The data producer has provided revised data for questions 10, 17, 39, and 43.2001-09-20 Note number three in COLLECT.NOTE was added and the SERIES.INFO was updated

face-to-face interviewThe original data collection was carried out by INRA (Europe), European Coordination Office, on request of the European Commission.The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.The total number of interviews is 16,145. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 16,082.The total number of interviews in Belgium is 1,076, in East Germany is 1,011, and in Luxembourg is 609. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 1,077 for Belgium, 1,034 for East Germany, and 612 for Luxembourg.P7 REGION I is not available for Finland.

Metadata Access
Creator Hartung, Harald
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Publication Year 2001
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Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset; survey data
Discipline Economics