Introduction to longitudinal studies in the UK. Nick Buck, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. Summary. Overview of UK Longitudinal Studies Rationale for longitudinal research methods Introduction to the research contribution of longitudinal studies
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Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
Administrative data (collected for bureaucratic/management purposes) an alternative to the costly process of collecting sample surveys
Quick, in the sense that all the data arrives at the same time,
and therefore cheap, requiring only a single measurement cycle (contrast prospective
respondents’ narrative have internal consistency
Internal consistency may be a consequence of recall error and reinterpretation
Subject to survivor bias – not everyone lives long enough to be interviewed.
Higher quality of current reports over retrospective
Full sample at start of process
Slow, since repeated measures take time to accumulate into a longitudinal narrative
Costly – repeated data collection
Measurement error issuesRetrospective data as alternative to prospective data