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The head of the household is the person who has been pointed as such by the members of the household. If the household cannot agree on this, the person on whose name the house is registered or rented is head. If it is still unclear, the interviewer can always decide the oldest member of the household as the head of the household.
Note: 'Head’ has no meaning in the sense of ‘the boss’. The head only acts as ‘Reference Person’ for ‘the relation codes’.
|Keywords:||head household, hoofd van de huishouden|
A household can consist of a single person living on his own (a one-person household) or of more persons living together, - in the latter case: in informal domestic relations.
Criterion for ‘informal domestic relations’ is, that mutual agreements have been made for the purchase of food and other living necessities and that everyone is using the main room of the house (the living room) and the kitchen together.
Persons with a variable address, who are not a member of one particular household, will be interviewed in the household where they are staying at the moment of interview.
This sector consists of all resident households. These include institutional households made up of persons staying in hospitals, retirement homes, convents, prisons, etc. for long periods of time. As already noted, an unincorporated enterprise owned by a household is treated as an integral part of the latter and not as a separate institutional unit, except when the enterprise qualifies as a quasi-corporation (art 4.11).