Support #479

Urgent - data accesss support

Added by Christopher Booth about 8 years ago. Updated about 8 years ago.

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I am looking to download data in a format that I can ideally use in excel. If not, I am willing to download any software which will help me access the data. I am confused by the number of different data files available to download and am unsure which is best for me.

After downloading the British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009 data file in tab format I have opened it in excel. However, it is in a format which seems impossible for me to understand.

I would be very grateful if you could provide exact instructions on what file I should download to access the variables I require as follows:

From at least 3 waves or more:

Household makeup / structure / type
Household income
Household wealth
Household financial assets
Household housing/property assets

Kind regards,



Updated by Alita Nandi about 8 years ago

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What data management or statistical softwares do you use? If you use Stata or SPSS then you could download the data in those formats. If you use SAS you could download the data in one of these formats and then transform it into SAS readable formats using StatTransfer.

Household level variables are in the files whhresp, w is a for wave 1, b for wave 2 etc. Check the online documentation to see if these specific variables are in whhresp files and in which waves. Some variables are available in all waves while others only in some waves. (See response to issue #465 on how to search for this information)

Have you looked at the online training course material for BHPS? It may be a good place to start if you are not familiar with BHPS.

Hope this helps,
On behalf of the team


Updated by Victoria Nolan about 8 years ago

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Updated by Victoria Nolan about 8 years ago

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