Highest educational qualification using qfhigh_dv: potential issues with immigrants
I am wondering about the qfhigh_dv variable and immigrants who got their degree outside the UK. It seems to me that there is no problems with immigrants who got their degree in the UK. However, immigrants who hold a foreign degree might not find the equivalent in the questionnaire for the qfhigh_dv variable and simply report 'none of the above' (96). In my estimation sample, immigrants who got a foreign degree are well distributed across all of the listed degrees in the questionnaire. I use qualoc and imputation methods to infer the location of the degree. My question to you is if I should be concerned about the '96' entries for immigrants. It seems to me that as long as the entries are not systematically towards highly educated or low-educated or any other group, I should be fine. I realize that this question might go beyond the purpose of this forum, but if it does not, I would appreciate a reply.
#1 Updated by Alita Nandi over 2 years ago
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The issue that you have raised is valid. Your method of checking is sensible. In wave 1, non-UK born (a_ukborn=5) were not more likely to choose a_qfhigh=96 as compared to those born in UK (a_ukborn=1,2,3,4): 27% among non UK born as comapred to 27-37% among ukborn
#2 Updated by Stephanie Auty over 2 years ago
From: Nico Ochmann [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 07 February 2018 11:47
Subject: RE: [Understanding Society User Support - Support #906] (Feedback) Highest educational qualification using qfhigh_dv: potential issues with immigrants
thanks for your thoughts. Always appreciate your help and support.
Best wishes from Manchester.