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Weight for analysis of household income restricted to complete households

Added by Matt Barnes 10 months ago. Updated 7 months ago.

Status:
Resolved
Priority:
Normal
Category:
-
Start date:
02/01/2022
% Done:

100%


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I'm undertaking analysis to understand if pensioners who enter/exit poverty do so because their household receipt of particular social benefits changes, making use of the data in the w_income datafile. Hence the analysis should only use households where all adults in the household completed an interview.

https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/user-guides/main-survey-user-guide/household-income-variables says that income components are imputed for all proxy and within household non-respondents. Hence in Understanding Society household income estimates are available for all households – including where some household members non-respond. Users may decide to drop cases based on such imputed data but they would then need to adjust their results to take into account the consequent sample selection i.e. their results would no longer be representative of the UK population.

It is recommended that if the analysis of household income is restricted to complete households then results should be reweighted. Is a specific weight for this purpose available? If not, would you be able to advise on how to construct one please?

Thank you.

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