Tunisia Rural Youth Survey (RYS) was implemented in 2012 in rural areas, building on the data collection in urban areas. The survey was conceived by a group of Tunisian professors and students, called Projet Citoyen, from various universities in Tunisia, particularly from Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales de Tunis (ESSECT). Motivated by the observed differences between different parts of the country, including neighborhoods in the Grand Tunis area, the aim of the survey was to scientifically understand urban inequality, with a specific focus on economic opportunities for young people. This effort led to collaboration between the Tunisian National Statistical Office (Institut National de la Statistique or INS), the General Commissariat for Regional Development, and the World Bank. The INS provided the sampling frame, the commissariat, as the main government counterpart, provided guidance for the scope of the survey and its urban focus, and the World Bank provided technical and financial support.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
- v01: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
The first survey region covered the coast and included coastal governorates in the north and east of the country.
The second survey region covered the south and included the southern governorates.
The third survey region covered the rural interior of Tunisia and included the remote areas of central and western Tunisia, including the Algerian border.
The survey covered youth population aged 15-29 years.
Producers and sponsors
Institut National de la Statistique
General Commissariat for Regional Development
Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales de Tunis
World Bank Group
Technical and financial support
The Household Survey has a sample size of 1,400 households the entire rural area of Tunisia, as defined by the Tunisian Statistical Office, Institut National de la Statistique (INS). For the purpose of sampling, administrative governorates were grouped into 3 Survey Regions. The data is representative on the level of these Survey Regions, which largely correspond to socio-economically and geographically distinct rural zones. The first survey region covers the Coast and includes coastal governorates in the North and East of the country. The second survey region covers South and includes the southern governorates. The third survey region is covers the rural Interior of Tunisia and includes the remote areas of central and western Tunisia, incl. the Algerian border.
The sample was drawn from the latest available census, the 2004 General Census of Population and Housing, provided by the INS. This census also provided the sampling frame for the corresponding Urban and Peri-Urban Youth Survey. For determining the number of households in rural areas, proportionality of the possible locations was used to ensure representativeness. Because of the overall research focus on youth, the sampling design ensures representativeness of youth population, which is defined by ages 15-29. The proportionality to youth population size is based on the disaggregation of Tunisia into Enumeration Areas (EA). Each EA contains about 100-120 households. In total 70 EAs were randomly selected, with 29 EAs along the Coast, 10 EAs in the South, and 31 EAs in the Interior survey regions. The relative distribution between the survey regions corresponds to their respective shares of youth population. From each of these 70 EAs, 20 households were randomly selected, leading to a total sample size of 1,400 households.
The random sampling of PSUs was performed by experts from the INS, who were also responsible for the sample frame. The drawing of 20 households from each PSU is processed on a systematic and clearly defined approach. A random-walk procedure was conducted for each of the PSUs of the sample, which included 2 separate starting points at opposing ends of the east-west dimension of each PSU, and moving towards the population center of the PSU to allow a full coverage of both centrally and remotely located households.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Tunisian Institut National de la Statistique. Tunisia Rural Youth Survey 2012, Ref. TUN_2012_RYS_v01_M_PUF. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
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