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.
Source:
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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