Measuring highest level of education in both the BHPS and US data
I noted that you responded to a colleague’s question on this matter, but provided the solution via email, so I was unable to access your solution. (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/support/issues/488).
I am using the BHPS and US as repeat cross-sections and am trying to control for differences between respondents in their educational levels. The BHPS has a variable which measures respondents highest educational level, the US appears not to (is this correct?). The only variable I can access using US is qfhigh, but this appears not to be asked of all respondents, at least not from 2010 onwards.
Also, am I correct in thinking that weights provided for US does not allow one to use the data as repeat cross sections (I am hoping for an equivalent of the BHPS variable: xrwght).
My best regards,
#1 Updated by Victoria Nolan almost 4 years ago
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Many thanks for your enquiry and for transferring it to the user support forum.
Please can I refer you to issue 551 (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/support/issues/551) which itself refers to the detailed response provided in 399 (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/support/issues/399) - we hope this helps.
My colleague Gundi can also add to this response with the code to derived hiqual_dv for the BHPS - I have therefore assigned this issue over to her to be updated further.
The cross-sectional weights in Understanding Society can be used for repeated cross-sections. Please refer to the user guide section on weights (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage) which provides an overview on which weights are provided and what they adjust for. Which weight to pick will depend on your research question.
Best wishes, Victoria.
#2 Updated by Gundi Knies almost 4 years ago
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further to Victoria's response, I am now uploading the code that we run to create a proxy for the Understanding Society variable _hiqual_dv in the BHPS. The education and highest qualification data have obviously been collected in a very different fashion so it will always be a good idea to test your results for any cross-study measurement issues. Please also read the associated variable notes for the qualifications-related derived variables in Understanding Society.