BHPS wave 18 and UKHLS wave 1 integration
Dear User Support team,
I hope you are doing well. I am writing to you regarding a question about using BHPS 18 and UKHLS 1 in my analysis. I am doing a cross-sectional pooled analysis from 2007-2019 and wanted to use both BHPS wave 18 data and UKHLS wave 1 data in it, focusing on the GHQ variables which are available in both of these data set. To my understanding the recommended approach is to combine BHPS 17 with UKHLS 1 onwards or BHPS 18 with UKHLS wave 2 onwards for longitudinal analysis. My question is could I combine BHPS 18 and UKHLS 1 in order to capture more observations in my analysis which is cross-sectional in nature and if so, what would the recommended way to create/use a weight that reflects this appropriately in my analysis?
Thank you very much for all your help.
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Since BHPS joins Understanding Society in Wave 2, so BHPS W18 could be considered to be UKHLS W1 for the BHPS sample - but take a note of the interview dates. BHPS W18 was fielded mostly during 2008 and a few interviews in the first few months of 2009. UKHLS W1 was fielding during 2009-2010. None of the weights currently provided allow for anlaysis combining BHPS W18 & UKHLS W1. Also note that the sample size for UKHLS W1 is quite large - it is approx. 51000 adult respondents.
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