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The British Household Panel Survey and its Income Data

Stephen P. Jenkins

in Changing Fortunes

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199226436
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226436.003.0004
The British Household Panel Survey and its Income Data

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This chapter introduces the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), the data source underpinning the book's empirical analysis. The BHPS is described in detail — the design, sample size and response (including attrition), imputation, and weighting. The second part of the chapter explains how the net household income variable that is used in the analysis reported in the rest of the book is derived. As part of the data quality assessment, it is shown that BHPS cross-section distributions of income correspond well with distributions derived from the ‘Households Below Average Income’ data that are derived from the Family Resource Survey — the UK's specialist income survey and the basis of Britain's official income distribution statistics.

Keywords: British Household Panel Survey; survey design; survey response; net household income; Households Below Average Income

Chapter.  13924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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