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A Practical Guide to Using Panel Data
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A Practical Guide to Using Panel Data



December 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This timely, thoughtful book provides a clear introduction to using panel data in research.

It describes the different types of panel datasets commonly used for empirical analysis, and how to use them for cross sectional, panel, and event history analysis. Longhi and Nandi then guide the reader through the data management and estimation process, including the interpretation of the results and the preparation of the final output tables.

Using existing data sets and structured as hands-on exercises, each chapter engages with practical issues associated with using data in research. These include:

  • Data cleaning
  • Data preparation
  • Computation of descriptive statistics
  • Using sample weights
  • Choosing and implementing the right estimator
  • Interpreting results
  • Preparing final output tables
  • Graphical representation

Written by experienced authors this exciting textbook provides the practical tools needed to use panel data in research.

 
PART ONE: DATA PREPARATION IN MICRO PANEL SURVEYS
 
Why Panel Surveys
 
Different Types of Panel Surveys
 
A First Look at the Data Using Stata
 
Preparing the Data for Longitudinal Analysis
 
Working with Multiple Datasets
 
Identifying Household Members and Matching Information of Spouses and Partners
 
PART TWO: ANALYSIS OF CROSS-SECTION AND PANEL DATA
 
Sample Design, Non-response and Weights
 
Analysis of Cross-Section Data
 
Analysis of Panel Data for Continuous Dependent Variables
 
Analysis of Panel Data for Discrete Dependent Variables
 
PART THREE: EVENT HISTORY: DATA PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS
 
Introduction to Duration Analysis
 
How to Use Retrospective History Data Files: an Example
 
Analysis of Event History Data
 
PART FOUR: PRESENTING YOUR RESULTS
 
Producing Output Tables and Graphs

Good book helpful for quantitative research and analysis

Dr Anshuman Sharma
International Business Administration, College of Applied Sciences, Ministry of Higher Education
April 6, 2015

A very good text if a bit specialised for use by all survey methods students

Mr Paul Kiff
Graduate School, University of East London
February 5, 2015
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Simonetta Longhi

Simonetta Longhi is Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.  She is also Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) and Research Affiliate at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM).  Her research interests are on migration and labour economics and she has published various journal articles using individual and household datasets.  For many years she has taught courses on how to analyse the British Household Panel Survey and the Understanding Society datasets, and she is currently teaching a course on applications of data analysis. More About Author

Alita Nandi

Alita Nandi is Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.  Her research interests include issues of ethnicity, identity, personality, family formation and dissolution. She has conducted empirical research in these areas using cohort and household panel datasets and published in various journals. She has been part of the Ethnicity Strand of Understanding Society since 2007. For the last few years she has taught courses on applications of data analysis and on how to use and analyse the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society datasets.   More About Author

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