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1 Opportunities and Challenges of the 2011 Census: A view from academia Tony Champion Paper for the TWRI Policy & Research Conference ‘Making best use of the 2011 Census’, St William’s College, York, 5 October 2012

2 Introduction 1 Academic users of the Population Census cover a wide range of interests, but these can be summarised under three main sets of purposes: 1) Deriving descriptive contextual information on populations of interest; 2) Analysing data to improve our understanding of UK society and how it is evolving, often using advanced quantitative techniques; 3) Benchmarking other surveys to ensure that they represent the total population of an area. And these are not just for ‘academic purposes’: much work is also carried out under contract for local and central government, research foundations, and the private and third sectors

3 Introduction 2 Features of the census that are most prized by academics (according to submissions to the Science & Technology Committee Inquiry into the Census and Social Science and to the ONS’s Beyond 2011 Public Consultation on User Requirements) include: - opportunities for multivariate analysis - fine-grained geography - high degree of accuracy even at small-area level - ability to study change between censuses This is reflected in their high usage of other census datasets as well as Area Tables: e.g. Origin-Destination Tables, Samples of Anonymised Records, Longitudinal Studies The rest of this paper presents examples of benefiting from these census qualities in my previous research on these datasets, then looks forward to using the 2011 outputs

4 Examples from Area Tables Example 1: from Key Statistics The GB local authorities with the 10 highest and lowest proportions of migrant residents, 2001

5 Example 2: from Area Table

6 Example 3: from Commissioned Area Table Districts most affected by the out- migration of full- time students (% out-migrants aged 16-74) Darkest = 20-44%

7 Example 4: From several censuses Population change by local labour market area types, to

8 Examples from the SARs The Samples of Anonymised Records 2001 comprise a suite of datasets: 1% Household SAR & CAMS, 3% Individual SAR & CAMS, and 5% Small Area Microdata [CAMS = Controlled Access Microdata Sample] The SARs allows any combination of crosstabulations including some not available anywhere in Area Tables: e.g. it is the only standard census dataset where commuting and migration variables can be related CAMS is extremely rich in detail on the characteristics and geography (e.g. LAD of address currently and one year ago and LAD of workplace) Examples: (1) Age distribution (single-year) of one-year migrants by distance of move; (2) Length of commute by type of LAD and one-year-migrant status …

9 Example from the SARs 1: Age profile of within-UK migrants moving <3 km and 50+ km

10 Example from the SARs 2: Proportion commuting 20km+, by urban/rural district type comparing recent in-migrants with non-migrants

11 Examples from O/D Statistics Origin & Destination Statistics comprised two main sets in 2001: Special Workplace Statistics and Special Migration Statistics (plus Special Travel Statistics in Scotland) One major use of SWS has been for Travel to Work Areas (TTWA) & other regionalisations like City Regions (CRs) by Mike Coombes et al (Newcastle University) In recent work Mike and I compared commuting patterns across 3 censuses to look for any tendency for ‘Pennine England’ to become a more integrated polycentric region One use of the SMS has been to track attraction and retention of migrants by skill group, 2001, seeing how other large Cities compare with and relate to London …

12 Pennine England: 5 Cities & City Regions Cities are defined as Core City admin. areas; in total the City Regions include 44 other local admin. areas (identified by meta-analysis of other definitions)

13 Commuting in Pennine England: Is there increasing integration between the 5 City Regions? Between-CR commuters121,150158,610222, ,991 Between-CR as % of: All workers Inter-zonal commuters People commuting between the 5 City Regions are becoming a: (1) larger share of all those who live & work in Pennine England (2) larger share of those commuting between any of the 49 zone pairs Modelling is then used to see whether the deterrence effect of CR boundaries has reduced (results not shown here)

14 Migration for Larger Cities 1: 27 cities ranked by in/out ratio for high-status workers

15 Migration for Larger Cities 2: In/out ratio for exchanges with London by skill group

16 Examples from the ONS-LS The ONS Longitudinal Study was set up in the 1970s mainly for relating death events and notifiable diseases to Census-derived socio-demographic characteristics It comprises a ca-1% sample of people’s anonymised records linked across the 1971 & following censuses, allowing tracking of people’s social & spatial mobility Extremely powerful source for following people’s life courses and relating their several ‘biographies’ to each other, e.g. re family/household, occupation, whereabouts Examples: (1) Working career progression, e.g. chance of rising from White Collar Non-core to Core , by place of residence; (2) Length of stay in the ‘escalator region’ of SE England after migrating there …

17 Example from ONS-LS 1 (a): Probability of WC Non-core 1991 becoming WC Core 2001: all stayers of 10 City Regions (ranked)

18 Example from ONS-LS 1 (b): Probability of WC Non-core starters becoming WC Core by end of decade (out of all those still in work, stayers only)

19 Example from ONS-LS 2: Movements between Rest of England & Wales (REW) and South East (SE) of the REW-to-SE migration cohort The ‘escalator region’ hypothesis has it that people moving to the South East early in their working lives (most of the 3,136) will stay there for most of their careers to benefit from its better prospects, but many had departed within 15 years of arriving. PeriodIn REW at start of period From REW to SE From SE to REW In REW at end of period In SE at end of period % n/a n/a

20 Plans for 2011 Census analysis 1 Once again, merely a personal research agenda, which will no doubt be much multiplied across the academic community Plans include: Using the Area Tables to monitor the ‘state of British cities’, building on the demographic and economic analyses carried out for the English SOCR Using the ODS to update and extend the previous work on the changing nature of polycentric urban regions Using the ONS LS to probe further the relationships between social and spatial mobility, with a particular focus on the experience of immigrants (by year of arrival in UK) Using the Area Tables and SARs to explore the results flowing from other ‘new’ questions on, e.g., visitors, second addresses and alternative population bases

21 Plans for 2011 Census analysis 2 Using SARs and LSs to test for post-1970 change in within- UK migration rates by population sub-group Responding to opportunities for providing info to central and local government, etc., for planning & policy purposes Trying to ensure as much benefit as possible from the 2011 Census outputs to help make the case for a 2021 Census


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