Life course and life events in statistics: The ONS Longitudinal Study

Rogers, N., Warren, J. & Lynch, K. (2014) BSPS Annual Conference 2014, Univ of Winchester, 8 - 10 September 2014. [ONS LS]

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The ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) contains linked census and life event data for 1 per cent of the population of England and Wales. 2011 Census data have now been added to the study meaning that the LS now holds information on intention to stay, passports held, visitors, second addresses, main language and civil partnerships for the first time. It also means that for the second consecutive decade the LS will have information on general health, caring and religion, as well as linked data from five successive censuses that will support studies on the life course. This poster will give an overview of the LS and key variables it contains and its potential use in furthering understanding of the life course. Results will be presented from an exemplar research project that follows a cohort aged 15-24 in 1971 and examines their outcomes over the next four decades. The 2014 BSPS conference presents a timely opportunity to highlight new data that are now available as the result of inclusion of 2011 Census data and will help researchers decide whether the LS is appropriate for their research.

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