Support #1483

The use of weight "indscui_lw" reduces the number of observations. Is it correct?

Added by Jing Shen over 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

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I’m currently doing some analysis about immigrants’ subjective well-being, so in my regression models, I used indscui_lw (combined UKHLS+BHPS+IEMB longitudinal adult self-completion interview weight) as the analytical weight. The comparison between weighted and non-weighted models shows that the use of the weight variable reduces the number of observations by almost 60%. As a result, non-significant coefficients in the non-weighted models would become significant in the weighted models. I just want to double check with you that if I have used the right weight variable and used it in a correct way. Thank you very much in advance.


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Updated by Olena Kaminska over 2 years ago

Thank you for your question. You are using the correct weight if your model includes longitudinal information (i.e. any information form previous waves). If all of the information comes from one wave - use cross-sectional weight xw.
The longitudinal weight requires response in each wave since wave 6. If this is not required for your analysis you can create your own tailored weight starting with the issue weight _li at wave 6 and modelling nonresponse between wave 6 and your model.
Also, consider two other alternatives: using higher p-value (e.g. 0.1) if your sample size is very small. And consider using one-sided test if your have a prior directional hypothesis.

Hope this helps,


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