Definition: Survey balance

OECD - Data and Metadata Reporting

Balances (also called net balances) are used to summarise answers to multiple-choice questions in business tendency and consumer opinion surveys. "No-change" answers (such as "normal" or "same") are ignored and the balance is obtained by taking the difference between the weighted percentages of respondents giving favourable and unfavourable answers.
OECD, 2003f, "Business Tendency Surveys: A Handbook", OECD, Paris, 2003 [quoted in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook", OECD, Paris, 2007]

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