Support #1439

jbpenm in BHPS & UKHLS

Added by Karen Arulsamy about 3 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

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I am working on a project to potentially combine BHPS + UKHLS datasets with a specific interest in the variable jbpenm.

In the BHPS dataset, there is quite a large decline in sample size for the years 1992-1994 for those who respond "yes" which does not track with overall pension participation trends in the UK. It also doesn't track with the data 1994 onwards - this type of sudden decline is uncharacteristic of pension participation which tends to be stable over time albeit declining slowly over time beginning in the 2000s. I have checked the questionnaires to see if there was change in wording or routing which doesn't seem to be the case. I attach a document contain tabulation results for jbpen as a whole and by specific filters.

I was wondering if you might have some insights into what happened with this particular variable during these years?

Many thanks



Updated by Alita Nandi about 3 years ago

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If you look at the questionnaires you will see that there was an additional filtering that was included a few questions prior to this one. Only those whose current job started after 1st September of last year (jbbgly==2), were asked the following questions including this one. This resulted in cases being filtered out in these 3 waves.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support


Updated by Karen Arulsamy about 3 years ago

That's brilliant, thank you so much for your help! I should have spotted that additional filtering question, sorry about that!


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team almost 3 years ago

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