THE OSLO REGISTER DATA CLASS SCHEME (ORDC).

MEMORANDUM No 1:2009

THE OSLO REGISTER DATA CLASS SCHEME (ORDC). FINAL REPORT FROM THE CLASSIFICATION PROJECT

By Marianne Nordli Hansen, Magne Flemmen and Patrick Lie Andersen, University of Oslo

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This report describes the background for and construction of the Oslo Register Data Class
Scheme. The intention behind this class scheme is to use the unique possibilities for class
research provided by the population data made available by Statistics Norway. In the
beginning of the 2000’s Statistics Norway started to use a new and better occupational
classification based on ISCO-88. Moreover, high quality data on income that could
supplement the data on occupations were available. In order to do research on class based on
the register data, class classifications using the new occupational classification as well the
other available registers had to be developed. Professor Marianne Nordli Hansen therefore
initiated a class classification project, the ORDC-project. The idea behind the project was to
follow up her work on classification based on register data in the 1990’s, a work that drew
inspiration from Bourdieu’s division between economic and cultural capital. The data used in
the classification project was made available for the Department of Sociology and Human
Geography for the research project Educational Careers, headed by Professor Arne
Mastekaasa. The intention was to supplement the analyses of the impact of social origin based
on parental income and education done in this project with class analyses made possible by
the ORDC-project.

By Matthew Rix Whiting
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