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British Household Panel Survey

Series abstract

The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) was carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex from 1991-2009 (Waves 1-18). The main objective of the survey was to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain (the UK from Wave 11 onwards), to identify, model and forecast such changes, their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. From Wave 19, the BHPS became part of a new longitudinal study called Understanding Society, or the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), conducted by ISER. The BHPS sample is part of Understanding Society from Wave 2 onwards and BHPS sample members have an identifier within the Understanding Society datasets, allowing users to match BHPS Wave 1-18 data to Understanding Society Wave 2 data and onwards.

Data access

GN 33407  |  British Household Panel Survey, 1991-: Secure Data Service Access

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6340 British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Secure Access, National Grid Reference (Easting, Northing, OSGRDIND) -
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Related studies:

Selected Labour Market Data from the BHPS, 1999 (SN 4189)
Home OnLine, 1998-2001 (SN 4607)
British Household Panel Survey Employment Histories: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002 (SN 4705)
British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Work, Family and Health) (SN 4901)
On the Edge of Later Life, 1930-1990 (SN 4934)
British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Social and Political Attitudes) (SN 5038)
Improving Survey Measurement of Income and Employment, 2001-2003 (SN 5157)
British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-13, 1991-2004: Teaching Dataset (Time Use, Leisure and Social Memberships) (SN 5355)
British Household Panel Survey Pension Wealth Derived Variable Data, 1991-2001 (SN 5725)
Households Below Average Income, 1994/95-2012/13 (SN 5828)
People's Trust: a Survey-Based Experiment, 2007 (SN 6110)
Impact of Dependent Interviewing on Interview Dynamics: Implications for Longitudinal Study Design, 2006 (SN 6154)
British Household Panel Survey Harmonised Union Histories, 1991-2006 (SN 6417)
Merged Dataset for Transition to and Income from Self-Employment/Business Ownership: British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2008 (SN 7030)
Testing for Asymmetric Information in Private Health Insurance, 1996-2008 (SN 7052)
Mixed Modes and Measurement Error, 2009 (SN 7515)

Related case studies:

Does personality moderate the reaction and adaptation to major life events?
British social mobility trends
Using longitudinal data to explore the labour market
Understanding landlords in an age of soaring rents
Does cultural diversity have an impact on wages?
How does a couple’s separation affect income, employment and well-being?
Preparing for that final year project
Using longitudinal data to explore housing and the local environment
Does profit sharing increase employee satisfaction with the boss?
Why does the work women do pay less than the work men do?
Unemployment and psychological well-being
Does the daily commute affect women more than men?
Changing experiences of mid-life


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