An overview of methods for the analysis of panel data

Berrington, Ann, Smith, Peter W.F. and Sturgis, Patrick (2006) An overview of methods for the analysis of panel data. Southampton, UK, National Centre for Research Methods, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, 57pp. (NCRM Methods Review Papers, NCRM/007).


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The aim of this paper is to provide an introduction to the aims, underlying theory and practical
application of change score, graphical chain, fixed/random effects and two different types of
structural equation modelling (SEM). We restrict ourselves to the use of these methods to analyse
panel data. By panel data we mean data which contain repeated measures of the same variable,
taken from the same set of units over time. In our applications the units are individuals.
However, the methods presented can be used for other types of units, such as businesses or
countries. The paper does not provide details of specific software packages, and focuses in the
main on procedures which are available in standard software. By using exemplars we provide a
guide for substantive social scientists new to the area of panel data analysis, but who have a
working knowledge of generalized linear models.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 47639
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2006Published
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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