Weights for BHPS and Understanding Society
I’ve merged the BHPS with the BHPS-subset of Understanding Society to create a longitudinal panel of BHPS respondents up until 2012 (i.e. I use the BHPS portion of Understanding Society). I am not entirely sure which weights I should use for the analysis. I’ve read the documentation of both dataset, but it is still not clear which weights are the best for my purpose. My goal is to re-create the same underlying population in both datasets, either for the UK or GB. Most importantly, however, I want to be consistent across these two dataset in order to analyze trends in, e.g., income over a time span covering both datasets. Most of my variables of interest are at the household level, but some are at the individual level.
Should I use the longitudinal BHPS weights (indin91_lw for individuals or the cross-sectional hhdenbh_xw for households)? And do I have to use weights only in the Understanding Society-part or also in the BHPS part of my panel.
Many thanks for your help,