Support #1347


Added by Laura Silva over 2 years ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

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1)I am using the waves a-f using info from the youth and the adults questionnaire in each wave. Which weight is the most adequate to use?


Updated by Olena Kaminska over 2 years ago


The best weight for you would be a longitudinal adult response weight from the last wave of your analysis (f_indinus_lw or f_indpxus_lw depending on your analysis). This is a sub-optimal weight but will be close to the optimal one for your analysis.

Best wishes,


Updated by Laura Silva over 2 years ago

Hi Olena,

many thanks for your reply, I'll look into that.



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You are welcome!


Updated by Laura Silva over 2 years ago


Apologies for the follow up.

I have a further question. Since I have individuals coming from only the youth and child samples, I do not find in these two datasets the f_indinus_lw or f_indpxus_lw weights you suggested. However since I link them to their parents, I have the weights from their parents. Which is the best way to weight? Use parental weight (maternal or paternal if only one of the two is available and the mean of the two if both are present)? Or there is a specific weight for these two samples?

Is is possible/correct not to weight? How much relevant is the use of weights in UKHLS?

Best regards,



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Updated by Olena Kaminska over 2 years ago


My previous suggestion of the weight is incorrect as I misunderstood the set up of your dataset. But to reply I need more information. Could you let me know who the unit of your analysis is: children (which age) or parents or something else (like child-parent combination)? Also, which instruments or datasets do you take your information from (if you have at least one variable from a dataset let me know), and which waves? I will then be able to suggest the best weight for you.

You can use unweighted analysis only if you are interested in the participants of our panel. If you want to generalise to a population you need to use weights.

Thank you,


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Updated by Laura Silva over 2 years ago

Hi Olena,

apologies for the late reply.

The unit of my analysis is the child. I use both the child and the youth datasets, thus children from 0 to 15. I then use info from the adult sample (indresp) to retrieve parental controls. In addition I use the hhresp data to link other info such as tenure.

I hope I have clarified my query.

Best regards,



Updated by Olena Kaminska over 2 years ago


Thank you. I understand that you study 0-15 year olds and give them some attributes from their parents. We do not have specific weight for this, but a suboptimal best weight is f_psnenus_lw weight (I understand that you study children over time over waves a-f).

Hope this helps,


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