Support #1597

UK born variable for BHPS member in UKHLS

Added by stephen jivraj almost 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

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I am trying to create a UK born variable for all UKHLS members across waves. There doesn’t seem to be a value for the BHPS members who joined at wave 2. I have checked the BHPS data files and they don’t seem to contain a variable that indicates whether someone is born in the UK. There is a country of birth measure that contains a handful of respondents specific overseas country of birth. Is there a way to create a uk born measure for BHPS respondents in UKHLS up to wave i?

Many thanks,


Updated by Annette Pasotti almost 2 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We aim to respond to simple queries within 48 hours and more complex issues within 7 working days. While we will aim to keep to this response times due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) related situation it may take us longer to respond.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team almost 2 years ago

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A variable that identifies whether someone was born in the UK or not is available in the file xwavedat for all samples including the BHPS. The name of the variable is bornuk_dv. But this variable is missing for children or anyone who has never completed a direct (not proxy) adult interview as the UK born questions are asked during the adult interviews. The only exception are children in IEMB sample as this information was collected for everyone in the household at the time of the first interview in Wave 6.

Hope this helps.
Understanding Sociey User Support Team


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team almost 2 years ago

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