Merging BHPS and USOC weighting.
I have merged BHPS waves 1 - 18 and Understanding Society Waves 2 and 3 in order to construct consistent work-life histories for the the BHPS panel survey sample. My research is aiming to identify the differential impacts of work transitions on GHQ wellbeing. However, at this early stage in my analyses I am having some problems in deciding what weights to use. Since BHPS wave 18 has post-stratified design weights adjusted for successive waves of non-response, would it be appropriate to use this to form the base for weighting from USOC wave 2 onwards?
Updated by Olena Kaminska about 10 years ago
If you are conducting longitudinal analysis (BHPS sample) then there are weights for this: in wave 3 they are c_xxxxx91_lw and c_xxxxx01_lw where xxxxx depend on the data you are using (household vs. individual etc.). The c_xxxxx91_lw weight is for 1991+ analysis and c_xxxxx01_lw is for analysis since 1999 or 2001.
If you are pooling data the answer is more complex but can be found here:
Hope this answers your question,