Reweighting the General Household Survey, 1979-2007

Beaujouan, Éva, Brown, James and Ní Bhrolcháin, Máire (2011) Reweighting the General Household Survey, 1979-2007. Population Trends, 145, Autumn Issue, 119-145.


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We have calculated two new sets of weights applicable to the General Household Survey (GHS) from 1979 to 2007. One of these is for use with any general analysis of GHS topics and the second is designed for analyses of data collected in the Family Information section. The methods used follow closely those employed by ONS from 1996 onwards. The performance of the weights is assessed in estimating the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) from 1971-2007, an aggregate measure of fertility for which reliable figures are available at national level from vital registration statistics. Our weights improve the GHS estimates, reducing bias both in the TFR and in age-specific fertility rates.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0307-4463 (print)
2040-1590 (electronic)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 198917
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
22 September 2011Published
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 14:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:44
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013

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