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British Household Panel Survey Combined Work-Life History Data, 1990-2005

Title details

SN: 3954
Title: British Household Panel Survey Combined Work-Life History Data, 1990-2005
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-3954-1
Series: British Household Panel Survey [British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2009]
Depositor: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Principal investigator(s): Halpin, B., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Original data producer(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council

Citation

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Halpin, B. (2006). British Household Panel Survey Combined Work-Life History Data, 1990-2005. [data collection]. 5th Edition. University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 3954, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-3954-1

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Subject Categories

Consumer behaviour - Economics
General - Employment and labour
Income, property and investment - Economics
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture

Abstract

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The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which ran for 19 waves from 1991-2009, collected extensive information on respondents' labour market status at three points: at the time of interview at each wave of the panel; throughout the period between 1 September a year before the interview date; and retrospectively from when the respondent first left full-time education. Because the retrospective information has been collected in two tranches (one focusing on employment status, the other on occupational information), there are four different types of labour market history information, located in different files in the BHPS database. This complexity is a necessary aspect of longitudinal information, but had inhibited use of the work-life history data. In order to better facilitate such use, a set of 'reconciled' files, the British Household Panel Survey Combined Work-Life History Data, was created, constituting single continuous records each containing all the information of a particular type in a single location. The first part of the exercise was to take 'current status' information for each wave and combine it with the inter-wave history, and then to combine the waves thus creating a continuous record from September 1990 to the latest wave. The second stage was to take the lifetime employment status history collected at Wave 2, and the lifetime occupational history collected at Wave 3, and to combine each of them with analogous information drawn from the combined panel file, thus creating employment and occupational histories that stretch from the labour market entry to the latest wave. The third stage was to combine these two extended lifetime histories into a single record which contains both employment status information (with good information about non-employed spells) and occupational information (i.e. details about the job held during each employed spell). Further details of the methods used are included in the following technical paper: Halpin, B. (1997) Unified BHPS work-life histories: combining multiple sources into a user-friendly format, Technical Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, 13, Colchester: University of Essex.

Users are recommended to use these data in conjunction with the main BHPS dataset. It should also be noted that this dataset is in package format; see READ file for further details on formats and use.

For the fifth edition (November 2006), the files 'newpan', 'xlempe' and 'xljobe' were updated. The rest of the data and documentation remain unchanged.
Main Topics:
Files include: panel-derived employment status and occupational histories; processed retrospective job history; processed retrospective employment history; extended job history; extended employment status history.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1990 - 2005
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Families/households
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults
Households
Young people
Respondents to the BHPS
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: See BHPS documentation for details.
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
See documentation for further details.
Weighting: No weighting used.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 17 December 1998
Latest edition: 23 November 2006 (5th 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
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Notes On Variables varnotes.txt 4
Unclassified newman.pdf 29
Technical Paper techpap.pdf 438
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_3954_Information.htm 6
READ File read3954.htm 12
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Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Halpin, B. (1997) Unified BHPS work-life histories: combining multiple sources into a user-friendly format, Technical Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, 13, Colchester: University of Essex.

Halpin, B. (2000) BHPS work-life history files, version 2, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

Lampard, R. (2007) 'Is social mobility an echo of educational mobility? Parents' educations and occupations and their children's occupational attainment', Sociological Research Online, 12(5). Retrieved October 22, 2007, from http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/5/16.html.

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