Scotland

Lacking consumer durables

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: Compared to the United Kingdom

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the proportion of households lacking one or more selected consumer durables, namely microwaves, VCRs, freezers, washing machines and colour televisions.  For each item, four pieces of data are shown:

The second graph shows the proportion of households who lack either a freezer or a washing machine, two durables that can reasonably be considered to be essential in contemporary society.  For each year, three pieces of data are shown.

The data source for both graphs is the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).  Income is household income, not equivalised (adjusted) to account for differences in household size and composition.

Only the years from 1999 are shown in the second graph.  This is because BHPS has included a boost to the Scottish sample since 1999 meaning sample sizes are large enough for results to be considered reasonably reliable.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  The choice of consumer durables in the analysis is largely driven by the data availability and is somewhat arbitrary.

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