Evaluation of the partnership histories in the Centre for Population Change GHS time series dataset

Berrington, Ann, Beaujouan, Eva, Lyons-Amos, Mark and Ni Bhrolchain, Máire (2011) Evaluation of the partnership histories in the Centre for Population Change GHS time series dataset. Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change, 43pp. (Centre for Population Change Working Paper, 12).


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A combined time series of the General Household Survey datasets from 1979 to 2007 has been compiled by the Centre for Population Change (CPC). This dataset includes,
along with socio-economic variables, the demographic histories collected in the Family Information section of the GHS questionnaire over the GHS rounds covered, in harmonised form. The present paper evaluates both the internal consistency of the marriage and cohabitation histories and their correspondence with external sources.

The data are weighted using new weights generated by CPC for the analysis of these data. Overall, cumulative proportions married by each age for the cohorts of 1951-55 to 1966-70 correspond well with ONS figures for England and Wales, though there are some systematic disparities in selected years. As found in an earlier study, retrospective estimates from the 2000-07 histories of the proportions cohabiting at a point in time are somewhat above the cross-sectional estimates at survey 5 and 10
years before.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
ISSNs: 2042-4116 (print)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 338970
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 August 2011UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:28
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
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338970

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