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British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Social and Political Attitudes)

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SN: 5038
Title: British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Social and Political Attitudes)
Alternative title: BHPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5038-2
Depositor: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal
Depositor: University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal
Principal investigator(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal
University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal
Original data producer(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee
Health Education Authority
Office for National Statistics
Other acknowledgements: The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) was funded to compile this teaching dataset by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

The ESRC, the Health Education Authority (HEA), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Eurostat funded the main British Household Panel Survey, from which this dataset has been compiled.


The citation for this study is:

University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal, University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal. (2011). British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Social and Political Attitudes). [data collection]. 2nd Edition. University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 5038,

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Subject Categories

Equality and inequality - Social stratification and groupings
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics
Religion and values - Society and culture
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Teaching packages and test datasets - Reference and instructional resources


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This BHPS teaching/sampler dataset contains only wave one respondents, and follows them for eleven waves, selecting broadly the same variables at each wave. There are some (fixed) variables which are only included at wave one, and there are a few variables which only appear intermittently, or are introduced later in the panel. The dataset contains a mix of original variables and derived variables.

In order to reduce the complexity of the data's structure and to make the data more accessible to inexperienced users, the dataset is in a rectangular format. Users are not required to undertake potentially problematic record/file merges in order to analyse the data longitudinally.

Variable names are the same as those in the original BHPS dataset such that variables are prefixed A for wave one, B for wave two, C for wave three and so on. For example, the variable EAGE records the respondent's age at the date of the wave five interview.

The Main BHPS

The BHPS is carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The main objective of the survey is to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain, to identify, model and forecast such changes, their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. The BHPS is designed as a research resource for a wide range of social science disciplines and to support interdisciplinary research in many areas. The unique value of the survey resides in that fact that:

  • it follows the same representative sample of individuals - the panel - over a period of years;

  • it is household-based, interviewing every adult member of sampled households;

  • it contains sufficient cases for meaningful analysis of certain groups such as the elderly or one parent families;
  • it allows for linkage of data both from other surveys and from local area statistics.

  • The BHPS was designed as an annual survey of each adult (16+) member of a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 households, making a total of approximately 10,000 individual interviews. The same individuals are re-interviewed in successive waves and, if they split off from original households, all adult members of their new households are also interviewed. Children are interviewed once they reach the age of 16; there is also a special survey of 11-15 year old household members from wave four. Efficient fieldwork practices, training videos for interviewers and regular contact with the panel members ensures that the sample remains broadly representative of the population as it changes over time.

    For the second edition (November 2011), erroneous syntax used to match files across waves has now been corrected.
    Main Topics:
    This data file - the second BHPS sampler - is smaller and more specialised than the first (SN 4901). The data file is based around the theme of social/political attitudes and allows for respondents' views and opinions on a range of issues to be tracked over time.

    Coverage, universe, methodology

    Dates of fieldwork: First Wave - 3rd September 1991 to 30th January 1992
    Second Wave - 5th September 1992 to 30th April 1993
    Third Wave - 5th September 1993 to 30th April 1994
    Fourth Wave - 3rd September 1994 to 9th May 1995
    Fifth Wave - 4th September 1995 to 30th April 1996
    Sixth Wave - 29th August 1996 to 17th April 1997
    Seventh Wave - 29th August 1997 to 8th May 1998
    Eighth Wave - 1st September 1998 to 8th May 1999
    Ninth Wave - 1st September 1999 to 30th April 2000
    Tenth Wave - 1st September 2000 to 31st May 2001
    Eleventh Wave - 1st September 2001 to 25th May 2002
    Country: United Kingdom
    Spatial units: Counties (Metropolitan)
    Greater London
    Observation units: Individuals
    Kind of data: Numeric data
    Individual (micro) level
    Universe: National
    Households in the United Kingdom and individual household members
    Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
    Sampling procedures: Two-stage stratified systematic sample. For further details see main BHPS documentation
    Number of units: 9,912
    Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Self-completion
    At Wave 9 of the BHPS, the survey moved from a pen and paper (PAPI) mode of data collection to a computer- assisted personal interview (CAPI) mode of collection
    Weighting: See Volume A of main BHPS documentation

    Thesaurus search on keywords

    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 16 November 2004
    Latest edition: 30 November 2011 (2nd Edition)
    Copyright: Copyright Institute for Social and Economic Research
    Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
    Availability: UK Data Service
    Contact: Get in touch


    Title File Name Size (KB)
    User Guide 5038userguide.pdf 1884
    Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5038_Information.htm 24
    READ File read5038.htm 10


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