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The British Household Panel Survey Rhys Davies. Introduction The BHPS is an annual survey consisting of a nationally representative sample of about 5,500.

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1 The British Household Panel Survey Rhys Davies

2 Introduction The BHPS is an annual survey consisting of a nationally representative sample of about 5,500 households (10,000 interviewed individuals) recruited in Respondents are re-interviewed each successive year Those who leave the originally sampled household to form new households are followed up – all adult members in the new household are interviewed New members joining sample households become eligible for interview Children aged complete a short interview (since 1994), full as they reach the age of 16 – Spare time, computer use, family relationships, health behaviour, perceptions of self, attitudes, paid work

3 Welsh Boost A major development at Wave 9 (1999) was the recruitment of two additional samples to the BHPS in Scotland and Wales Increase in Welsh sample size from 572 in 1998 to in – Welsh sample remains 2,500 in 2008 Welsh Youth Panel correspondingly increased from 58 in 1999 to 288 in – Welsh sample remains at 240 in 2008 Facilitates: – Independent country level analysis – Comparisons with England post devolution

4 BHPS Sample Sizes EnglandWalesScotlandTotal MainYouthMainYouthMainYouthMainYouth 19918, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,043583, , , , , ,4241, , , , ,2441, , , , ,6191, , , , ,4021, , , , ,1681, , , , ,9911, , , , ,8831, , , , ,5661, , , , ,181995

5 Questionnaire Content The core questionnaire covers a broad range of social science and policy interests including: – household composition – housing conditions – residential mobility – education and training – health and the usage of health services – labour market behaviour – socio-economic values – income from employment, benefits and pensions Variable component has included questions on wealth and assets, additional health measures, ageing, retirement and quality of life, children and parenting, neighbourhood and social networks.

6 Variable Component 1999 (W9)Initial conditions e.g. place of birth, ethnicity, qualifications etc. Health (SF36), minimum wage, national identity, Welsh language use (for Wales only), and views of devolution and Europe (W10)Wealth, assets and debt. Youth questionnaire added (W11)Marital and fertility history/ lifetime employment status history 2002 (W12)Children and parenting, non-resident parents, aspirations of young people for the future, family support, crime, computer use 2003 (W13)Neighbourhood, expectations of relationships and marriage in the future, national identity 2004 (W14)Health (SF36), height and weight, newspaper readership, work stress 2005 (W15)Wealth, assets and debt 2006 (W16)Ageing, retirement, family support, health, and quality of life 2007 (W17)Children and parenting, non-resident parents, aspirations of young people for the future, crime, computer use 2008 (W18)Neighbourhood, expectations of relationships and marriage in the future, national identity

7 Job Satisfaction in Wales Regional Differences in Job Satisfaction: Why are the Welsh so Happy at Work? Jones and Sloane (2004), WELMERC Discussion Paper

8 Poverty Persistence WalesOuter GBLESE Headcount Exited poverty in Remained in poverty in Headcount Exited poverty in Remained in poverty in Headcount Exited poverty by Remained in poverty by An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales (2011), Chapter 5 Report prepared on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

9 Young People and Housing Research on behalf of Joseph Rowntree Foundation Construct 'housing pathways' of young people aged between 1999 and 2009 using 10 Waves of BHPS Sequences of tenure, household type, marital status and economic activity were created for those aged in 1999 Individuals assigned to statistically similar pathways Draft typology – Saving while at home – Renting professionals – Dual income, no kids, owners – Couples with children – Waiting for social housing – Lone parents – Settling down early – Families in social housing – Unsettled pathways

10 Migration Among the Employed Post Move Region North East North WestY&H East Mids West MidsEastLondon South East South WestWalesScotAll Pre Move Region North East North West41, ,256 Y&H991, ,119 East Midlands ,041 West Midlands160111, ,115 Eastern London , ,276 South East , ,377 South West ,039931,107 Wales ,42442,456 Scotland ,1453,199 All6911,2561,1061,0961, ,2002,4061,1122,4863,17316,127

11 Migration and Union Membership Union Density Relative Density Likelihood of Being a Union Member Union density decreased27.3%1.1%39.0% No change27.0%ref. Union density increased24.7%-8.4%-5.0% All (n=16,127)26.9%

12 Data Availability The data from each wave is available within a year of the completion of fieldwork. Available at UK Data Archive – Standard Access (SN: 5151) Countries, Government Office Regions – Conditional Access – Medium Geographies (SN: ) LA, LEAs, PCT, TTWA, Rural/Urban, PC – Special Licence – Detail Geographies CAS Wards (SN: 6135) Lower Super Output Areas in Wales (SN: 6136) Secure Data Service (SN: 6340) – National Grid Reference (Northings/Eastings)

13 BHPS and Understanding Society Understanding Society is the new UK Household Longitudinal Study. Sample of around 40,000 households followed since 2009 The study both replaces and incorporates the popular BHPS – join Wave 2 Wave 1 data collected January 2009-January 2011 – EUL (SN 6614) and SL (6931) Versions Available at Data Archive – Secure Data Service for Northings/Eastings (SN 6676) Main innovations – General population sample (28, ,000 households) General population sample – Innovation Panel sample (1,500 households) Innovation Panel sample – Ethnic minority boost sample (1,000 adult individuals in each of five main ethnic minority groups) Ethnic minority boost sample – British Household Panel Study sample (8,400 households) British Household Panel Study sample – Consent to link administrative data on health, education, economic circumstances


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