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British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards

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SN: 6135
Title: British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards
Alternative title: BHPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6135-2
Series: British Household Panel Survey [British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access, Lower-Level Geographical Identifiers]
Depositor: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Principal investigator(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Data collector(s): GfK NOP
Office for National Statistics
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council


The citation for this study is:

University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. (2014). British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards. [data collection]. 3rd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 6135,

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Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


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The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) ran for 19 waves, from 1991-2009, and was conducted by the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC), together with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The ULSC, established in 1999, is a continuation of the research resource component of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MISOC), established in 1989. In addition to running panel studies, ISER undertakes a programme of research based on panel data, using Understanding Society (see below), the BHPS and other national panels to monitor and measure social change.

The main objective of the BHPS was to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain, and to identify, model and forecast such changes and their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. It was designed as an annual survey of each adult member (aged 16 years and over) of a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 households, making a total of approximately 10,000 individual interviews. The same individuals were re-interviewed in successive waves and, if they left their original households, all adult members of their new households were also interviewed. Children were interviewed once they reach the age of 16; there was also a special survey of household members aged 11-15 included in the BHPS from Wave 4 onwards (the British Youth Panel, or BYP). From Wave 9, two additional samples were added to the BHPS in Scotland and Wales, and at Wave 11 an additional sample from Northern Ireland (which formed the Northern Ireland Household Panel Study or NIHPS), was added to increase the sample to cover the whole of the United Kingdom. For Waves 7-11, the BHPS also provided data for the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). For details of sampling, methodology and changes to the survey over time, see Volume A of the documentation (Introduction, Technical Report and Appendices). From Wave 19, the BHPS was subsumed into a new longitudinal study called Understanding Society, or the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), conducted by ISER. The BHPS Wave 19 is part of Understanding Society Wave 2 (January 2010-March 2011) (see under SN 6614). Further information is available on the Understanding Society series webpage.

BHPS Geographic data and other related studies:
  • BHPS Medium-level Geographical Identifiers and Low-level Geographical Identifiers are available to registered users, subject to Special Licence access conditions;
  • British National Grid postcode grid references for each BHPS household surveyed are also available, subject to Secure Access conditions;
  • Several datasets from ISER-based BHPS research, and teaching/sampler data are also available;
  • For details of all related data, see the BHPS series webpage.
The British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Special Licence Access, Census Area Statistics Wards dataset contains Census Area Statistics (CAS) Wards geographic variables for each wave of the BHPS to date, and a household identification serial number for file matching to the main BHPS data. These data have more restrictive access conditions than those available under the standard End User Licence (see 'Access' section below). Those users who wish to make an application for these data should contact the HelpDesk for further details.

For the third edition (January 2014) revised geographic data files for each wave have been deposited. The documentation has also been updated.

Main Topics:
Variables include household identification number and CAS Wards codes for matching with each wave of the BHPS to date.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1991 - 2009
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Wards (Census Area Statistics)
Observation units: Families/households
Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Respondent households included in the main BHPS.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Data are collected annually
Sampling procedures: See the main BHPS for details of sampling.
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
See the main BHPS for details of data collection.
Weighting: CAS Wards data are not weighted. See the main BHPS for details of weighting used.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 April 2009
Latest edition: 23 January 2014 (3rd 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. Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data. Available to European Economic Area applicants only.

Please note: Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Service and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice explains how to meet these conditions.
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide 6135userguide.pdf 270
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 6135_allfiles_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 203
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6135_Information.htm 6
READ File read6135.htm 11


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