Support #1203

Net Income Variable in BHPS

Added by Jonas Stein 11 months ago. Updated 11 months ago.

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I was wondering whether the derived labour income variable bW_fimnlabgrs_dv in the BHPS data (not UKHLS) measures total gross or net labour income.
Unfortunately, the variable label does not give information on this. I couldn't even find the variable in the BHPS documentation.

Given the case that bW_fimnlabgrs_dv reports gross labour income, could you please tell me if there is a derived net labour income variable in the data?
In the datasets, I couldn’t find a bW_fimnl variable as described in the manuals.


#1 Updated by Alita Nandi 11 months ago

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#2 Updated by Alita Nandi 11 months ago

Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team

#3 Updated by Alita Nandi 11 months ago

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bW_fimnlabgrs_dv is gross labour income.

bw_fimnlabgrs_dv in the harmonised files is the same as bw_fimnl in the standalone BHPS files. See page 19 of the harmonised BHPS user guide:

There is currently no net labour income variable in the BHPS (standalone or harmonised) data files. But there is a dataset of BHPS net income variables produced by Jenkins et al. You can download it from the UKDS:

Hope this helps. If you have further questions please let us know.

#4 Updated by Alita Nandi 11 months ago

But please note the Jenkins et al net income files only produced net household labour income and not individual level income variables.

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