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British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Conditional Access, Strategic Health Authority

Title details

SN: 7448
Title: British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Conditional Access, Strategic Health Authority
Alternative title: BHPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7448-1
Series: British Household Panel Survey [British Household Panel Survey, 1991-: Conditional Access, Medium-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: Conditional Access, Strategic Health Authority. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7448,

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Subject Categories

Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The main British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) is conducted by the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC), together with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. In addition to conducting the BHPS and disseminating it to the research community, ISER undertakes a programme of research based on panel data, using the BHPS and other national panels to monitor and measure social change.

The main objective of the BHPS is to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in the UK, and to identify, model and forecast such changes and their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. It is conducted as a longitudinal study, where each adult member (aged 16 years and over) of a sampled household is interviewed annually. If individuals leave their original household, all adult members of their new households are interviewed. Children are also interviewed. For full details of the BHPS methodology, sampling, changes over time, and a complete set of documentation, see the main BHPS study, held at the UK Data Archive under SN 5151.

BHPS geographic identifiers
The BHPS geographic identifier data are consistent with the ONS Postcode Directory (ONSPD). Users are advised to obtain the latest version of ONSPD from the National Statistics Postcode Products webpage, where it is downloadable in text (.txt), CSV, Microsoft Access or .dbf formats, or can be ordered on CD/DVD.

Understanding Society:
From Wave 19, the BHPS has been subsumed into a new longitudinal study called Understanding Society, or the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), conducted by ISER. The BHPS Wave 19 formed part of Understanding Society Wave 2 (January 2010 - March 2011). The BHPS fieldwork period has therefore moved from September-April to January-March. This means that the gap between interviews 18 and 19 for the BHPS sample ranges between 16 and 30 months rather than the standard 12 months. From Wave 2, the BHPS sample has been a permanent part of the larger study and interviews are conducted annually again. BHPS sample members have an identifier within the Understanding Society datasets, allowing BHPS users to match BHPS Wave 1-18 data to Understanding Society Wave 2 (and onwards) data. Understanding Society is held at the Archive under SN 6614. Further information is available on the Understanding Society web site.

The British Household Panel Survey, Waves 1-18, 1991-2009: Conditional Access, Strategic Health Authority dataset contains Strategic Health Authority (SHA) geographic variables for each wave of the BHPS to date, and a household identification serial number for file matching to the main BHPS data. This dataset is subject to restrictive access conditions, different to those for the main BHPS: see Information box on the right or Access section below.

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

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1991 - 2009
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Strategic Health Authorities
Health Boards
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: SHA 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: 23 January 2014
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.

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 Archive 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.
Please note: Conditional access information:
Registered users can access any one of the BHPS Medium-level Geographical Identifiers files after agreeing to click-use conditions prior to ordering the data.
Only where users wish to obtain a second (or third etc.) BHPS Medium-level Geographical Identifiers file are they also required to complete a Special Licence Access request.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 7448_allfiles_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 202
BHPS Geographical Lookup Tables 7448_bhps_geographical_lookup_tables.pdf 492
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7448_Information.htm 25
READ File read7448.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
See the main BHPS bibliography under SN 5151.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Longhi S. (2013) 'Impact of cultural diversity on wages, evidence from panel data', Regional Science and Urban Economics, 43(5), pp.797-807.

Longhi S. and Taylor M. (2014?) 'Employed and unemployed job seekers and the business cycle', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, doi: 10.1111/obes.12029 Longer version: ISER Working Paper 2013-02, retrieved 17 February 2014 from


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