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Dataset title
Bulgarian School Leaver Survey 2014 (BSLS 2014)
DOI 10.23662/FORS-DS-864-3
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Dataset language English
Additional information The Bulgarian School Leaver Survey 2014 (BSLS 2014) has been implemented as part of the bi-national research project “Social disparities and regional differences in school-to-work transitions in Bulgaria” (2011-2015) that includes lead experts from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia (Bulgaria). The transformation of the Bulgarian labour market from state socialism to market capitalism has had a strong impact on the school-to-work transition of young adults. Young people’s passages from education to employment have become uncertain. Today, many graduates risk not gaining ground in the labour market and facing social exclusion in Bulgaria. In particular, little is known how regional labour and educational opportunities impact ethnic and gender disparities in school-to-work transitions. The research project aims at better understanding - school-to-work transition in contemporary Bulgaria - the role of social inequalities in those transitions - and the mechanisms behind educational and employment (un)success. A nationally representative school-leaver survey for Bulgaria was developed and implemented in 2014. 2100 young people aged 15-34 participated in the survey. Survey and data collection: More than 170 questions were included in this retrospective school-leavers and labour market entry survey following Kogan's et al. (2011) study on school-to-work transitions in 10 Central and Eastern European countries. Retrospective data on school-to-work transitions as collected using using occupational history calendars. The questionnaire provides detailed information on the respondents’ educational background and their employment situation. With the analyses of the survey data and additional datasets young people’s passages from education to employment in Bulgaria can be described in the aftermath of the big recession in 2008/09. This survey identified young people's pathways along different educational tracks to different positions in the labour market. Particular attention was paid to the operationalization of educational variables in the Bulgarian context, in consultation with the Ministry of Education. Similarly labour market outcomes variables and relevant socio-demographic characteristics were carefully drafted to suit the local contexts and diverse pathways of respondents. The field work for the survey occurred from August 2013 to October 2014, including the preparatory phase, pilot survey, adjustment of questionnaire and methodology, and two phases of the main survey data collection starting January 26, 2014 through October 12, 2014. The survey target group of school leavers was defined as those who were residents of Bulgaria; were 15 to 34 years old; and had completed or stopped their education for the first time and for at least one year in the last 5 years. A total of three samples were drawn: a main sample representative at national level (N=1500); a booster sample representative for the North-West region of Bulgaria (N=300); and a booster sample representative for the South-West region (N=300). A two-stage cluster sample structured by regional planning units (NUTS2) and size of the settlement was employed both for the main and for the booster samples. We achieved a response rate of 81 percent. The project was co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
Dataset version 2.0.1
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Publication date 16.10.2017
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Bibliographical citation Christian Imdorf, Rumiana Stoilova: Bulgarian School Leaver Survey 2014 [Dataset]. Distributed by FORS, Lausanne. https://doi.org/10.23662/FORS-DS-864-3
Data type Quantitative data
Consent of respondents
Time method Cross-section
Media
  • Digitalized data file
Data collector
Available document types
  • Publications (final report, articles)
  • Technical report
  • Collection instruments
  • Supplementary collection materials (showcards, etc.)
  • Additional documentation concerning the data
  • FORS documentation
  • Other
Remarks about the documentation Please consult the following resources for further information about the data collection and data preparation: - Questionnaires in Bulgarian and English (includes variable names; data collection done in Bulgarian) - Final Fieldwork Report "Young People in Bulgaria: Transition from Education to Work" - Bulgarian School-to-work Survey Documentation (February 15, 2016)
Restriction Academic research and teaching
Special order
Special permission None
Status Published

BSLS 2014: Data File SPSS Survey 2014
Collection date - begin 26.01.2014
Collection date - end 12.10.2014
Analysis unit
  • Individual
  • Geographic Unit
  • Housing Unit
Universe The survey target group of school leavers was defined as those who were residents of Bulgaria; were 15 to 34 years old; and had completed or stopped their education for the first time and for at least one year in the last 5 years.
Sampling description For the main survey, totally 3 samples were drawn: one main sample, representative at national level, N=1500; one booster sample, representative for the North-West Region, N=300; and one booster sample, representative for the South- West Region (excl. Sofia city), N=300. A two-stage cluster sample structured by NUTS2 region and size of the settlement was employed both for the main and for the booster samples. Please consult the Final Fieldwork Report for detailed information on stage one and stage two sampling procedures.
Mode of data collection
  • Face-to-face interview (CAPI, CAMI, PAPI, etc.)
Data collection instruments
  • Questionnaire
  • Calendar
Data source
Weighting information The dataset includes 2 uncalibrated weights (based on region, and on region & gender) to be used for absolute population estimations. The dataset includes 10 calibrated weights adjusting for regional / for regional and gender differences in non-response rates for (a) all regions, (b) three focus regions, and (c) each of the three focus regions. Please consult the Bulgarian School-to-work Survey Documentation for additional weighting information.
Response rate 81% Please consult the Final Fieldwork Report for detailed information on the response rate.
Data completeness The data is complete
Number of cases 2103
Number of variables 599

BSLS 2014: Data File STATA Survey 2014
Collection date - begin 26.01.2014
Collection date - end 12.10.2014
Analysis unit
  • Individual
  • Household
  • Geographic Unit
Universe The survey target group of school leavers was defined as those who were residents of Bulgaria; were 15 to 34 years old; and had completed or stopped their education for the first time and for at least one year in the last 5 years.
Sampling description For the main survey, totally 3 samples were drawn: one main sample, representative at national level, N=1500; one booster sample, representative for the North-West Region, N=300; and one booster sample, representative for the South- West Region (excl. Sofia city), N=300. A two-stage cluster sample structured by NUTS2 region and size of the settlement was employed both for the main and for the booster samples. Please consult the Final Fieldwork Report for detailed information on stage one and stage two sampling procedures.
Mode of data collection
  • Face-to-face interview (CAPI, CAMI, PAPI, etc.)
Data collection instruments
  • Questionnaire
  • Calendar
Data source
Weighting information The dataset includes 2 uncalibrated weights (based on region, and on region & gender) to be used for absolute population estimations. The dataset includes 10 calibrated weights adjusting for regional / for regional and gender differences in non-response rates for (a) all regions, (b) three focus regions, and (c) each of the three focus regions. Please consult the Bulgarian School-to-work Survey Documentation for additional weighting information.
Response rate 81% Please consult the Final Fieldwork Report for detailed information on the response rate.
Data completeness The data is complete
Number of cases 2103
Number of variables 599