In this user-friendly introduction, European and American experts in the field join forces to explain what panel studies can achieve and to illustrate some of the potential pitfalls in the construction and analysis of panel data. Household panel studies provide one of the most significant national and international resources for analysing social and economic change. This is an essential and accessible introduction for those contemplating the use of panel studies for the first time and will be an invaluable resource for both practising researchers and the commissioners of research.
Part 1: Introducing Household Panel Studies 1. Household Panel Studies: An overview 2. Panel Surveys: Adding the fourth dimension 3. Using Panel Studies to Understand Household Behaviour and Wellbeing Part 2: Panel Data Quality 4. Panel Attrition 5. Weighting in Household Panel Surveys 6. Dealing with Measurement Error in Panel Analysis 7. Tangled Webs of Family Relationships: Untangling them with panel data 8. Dissemination Issues for Panel Studies: Metadata and documentation Part 3: Examples of Panel Data Analyses 9. Dynamics of Poverty and Determinants of Poverty Transitions: Results from the Dutch socio-economic panel 10. Low Income Dynamics in 1990s Britain 11. A New Approach to Poverty Dynamics 12. Using Panel Data to Analyse Household and Family Dynamics 13. Using Panel Surveys to Study Migration and Residential Mobility