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QoG EQI Data

The European Quality of Government Index (EQI) is the result of novel survey data regional (e.g. sub-national) level governance within the EU. The data was first gathered and published in 2010 and then repeated in 2013 and 2017, with the next round expected in 2020. The index is based on a large citizen survey where respondents are asked about perceptions and experiences with public sector corruption, along with the extent to which citizens believe various public sector services are impartially allocated and of good quality.

It is the first source of data to date that allows researchers to compare QoG within and across countries in a multi-country context. It aims to provide researchers and policy makers a tool to better understand how governance varies within countries and now, over time.

It covers all 28 member states and two accession countries (Serbia and Turkey are also included in the 2013 round). The sub-national regions are at the NUTS 1 or NUTS 2 level, depending on the country. Currently, we provide data for up to 206 regions, depending on the year in question. In the three years of the EQI survey, we have roughly 200,000 respondents in total.

Here, we provide both the regional level data, as well as the underlying micro data free of charge for researchers and practitioners interested in regional governance in Europe.

In addition, regional level data are coded in the EQI dataset to more easily merge data with the QoG EU regional data.



When using the 2017 EQI data, please cite as follows:

Charron, N., V. Lapuente & P. Annoni (2019). ‘Measuring Quality of Government in EU Regions Across Space and Time.’ Papers in Regional Science. DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12437

When using the 2013 EQI data please cite as follows:

Charron, N., Dijkstra, L., & Lapuente, V. (2015). Mapping the regional divide in Europe: A measure for assessing quality of government in 206 European regions. Social Indicators Research, 122(2), 315-346.

When using the 2010 EQI data, please cite as follows:

Charron, Nicholas, Lewis Dijkstra & Victor Lapuente. 2014. Regional Governance Matters: Quality of Government within European Union Member States, Regional Studies, 48 (1): 68-90. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2013.770141

Note: The current version of the EQI data 2017 - long format is a different version from the previous published version as it corrects an error with the NUTS 2 code for the regions Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. All other data is unchanged.


The QoG EQI Data - Regional Level (2010, 2013 & 2017)


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The QoG EQI Data - Individual Level (2010 & 2013)


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The QoG EQI Data - Individual Level (2017)


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QoG EQI Individual Level Codebook (refers to 2010 & 2013)QoG EQI Microdata Codebook (refers to 2017)


Further reading

2010 - EU report and technical description of data and methodology
Parts 1-3 (concept overview and data analysis)
Appendix and reference

2017-  EU report

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