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Multilevel Event History Analysis Training Datasets, 2003-2005

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SN: 5171
Title: Multilevel Event History Analysis Training Datasets, 2003-2005
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5171-1
Depositor: Steele, F., University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Multilevel Modelling
Principal investigator(s): Steele, F., University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Multilevel Modelling
Original data producer(s): University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: H333250044
Other acknowledgements: Constantinos Kallis was the research officer for the project. He was responsible for cleaning the National Child Development Study (NCDS) partnership histories and linking in the covariate information.

The Centre for Multilevel Modelling moved to the University of Bristol in September 2005.

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Steele, F. (2005). Multilevel Event History Analysis Training Datasets, 2003-2005. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 5171, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5171-1

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Abstract

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This study includes five data files and corresponding exercise instructions.

Four of the five data files and instructions were produced from the National Child Development Study datasets for an ESRC-funded workshop on Multilevel Event History Analysis, held in February 2005. The workshop data includes three files in ASCII DAT format and one in SPSS SAV format. Further information and documentation beyond that included in this study, and MLwiN software downloads are available from the Centre for Multilevel Modelling web site.

In addition, for the second edition of the study, example data and documentation for fitting multilevel multiprocess event history models using aML software were added to the dataset (the data file 'amlex.raw'). The aML syntax file that accompanies these data can also be found at the Centre for Multilevel Modelling web site noted above.

The project from which these data were produced was conducted under the ESRC Research Methods programme. It involved the development of multilevel simultaneous equations models for the analysis of correlated event histories. The research was motivated by a study of the interrelationships between partnership (marriage or cohabitation) durations and decisions about childbearing, using event history data from the 1958 and 1970 British Birth Cohort studies (in the case of this dataset, NCDS).

Additional aims and objectives of the project were to develop methodology for the analysis of complex event history data; provide means for implementing methodology in existing software; and provide social scientists with practical training in advanced event history analysis.
Main Topics:
The files included in this dataset are as follows:
  • ex1.sav: this SPSS file contains data on a subsample of 500 respondents from the NCDS. Variables include age at first partnership, age left full-time education, gender, region and father's social class.

  • ex3.dat: this ASCII file contains data on a subsample of 1000 women from the NCDS who have partnered before age 42. The data are in the form of one record per six-month period spent in a partnership, and the file includes 33,212 records. Variables include type of union, indicator of end of union, partnership duration, previously married and/or cohabited, age at start of partnership, years of education and presence of children.

  • ex4.dat: this ASCII file contains data on a subsample of 475 women from the NCDS who have partnered before age 42. The data are in the form of one record per six-month period spent cohabiting, and the file includes 4,823 records. Variables include indicator of reason for end of cohabitation (separation vs. marriage), partnership duration, previously married and/or cohabited, age at start of partnership, years of education and presence of children.

  • ex5.dat: this ASCII file contains data on a subsample of 937 women from the NCDS who have married before age 42. The data are in the form of one record per six-month period spent cohabiting, and the file includes 28,389 records. Variables include indicator of marital dissolution, current pregnancy, partnership duration, previously married and/or cohabited, age at start of partnership, years of education and presence of children.

  • amlex.raw: this ASCII file contains data on a subsample of 937 women from the NCDS who married before age 42. The data are in the form of one record per marriage, and the file contains 1065 records. Variables include an indicator of marital dissolution, partnership duration, previously married and/or cohabited, age at start of partnership, years of education at start of partnership, number of children and duration of birth intervals.


  • The corresponding instructions for the workshop exercises conducted with these data files are included in PDF format in the documentation table below. Users should note that the MLwiN software and the macro TXT files described in the documentation for Exercises 3, 4 and 5 must be obtained from the Centre for Multilevel Modelling web site. The aML software (for the data file 'amlex.raw') can be found at the aML Multiprocess Multilevel Modeling web site. Users should also note that UKDA/ESDS cannot offer support for MLwiN or aML.

    Coverage, universe, methodology

    Time period: The data are taken from histories collected at ages 33 and 42 from NCDS respondents.
    Dates of fieldwork: 2003 - 2005
    Country: Great Britain
    Spatial units: Regions
    Observation units: Individuals
    Kind of data: Numeric data
    Individual (micro) level
    Universe: National
    Respondents to NCDS in Great Britain. Data collected at ages 33 and 42.
    Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
    data taken from NCDS.
    Sampling procedures: Simple random sample
    The data are simple random samples of women from the full NCDS datasets.
    Number of units: See Main Topics section for file details
    Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
    Weighting: No weighting used
    Data sources: The data are taken from NCDS waves conducted at ages 33 (NCDS Sweep 5 - held at the UK Data Archive under SN 5567) and 42 years (held under SN 5578).

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    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 03 May 2005
    Latest edition: 22 July 2005 (2nd Edition)
    Copyright: Copyright F. Steele and Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Bedford Group, Institute of Education, University of London (copyright holders for original National Child Development Study data).
    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
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    Documentation

    Title File Name Size (KB)
    Instructions for Exercise 1 (file ex1.sav) exercise1.pdf 117
    Instructions for Exercise 3 (file ex3.dat) exercise3.pdf 183
    Instructions for Exercise 4 (file ex4.dat) exercise4.pdf 204
    Instructions for Exercise 5 (file ex5.dat) exercise5.pdf 213
    Unclassified multiprocess_in_ aml.pdf 40
    Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5171_Information.htm 25
    READ File read5171.htm 10

    Publications

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    By principal investigator(s):
    Steele, F., Kallis, C. and Joshi, H. (2006) 'The formation and outcomes of cohabiting and marital partnerships in early adulthood: the role of previous partnership experience', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, 169(4), pp.757-779.

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