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Using Administrative Data to Count and Classify Households with Local Applications

Harper, G. & Mayhew, L. (2016). Using Administrative Data to Count and Classify Households with Local Applications. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 9(4), pp. 433-462. doi: 10.1007/s12061-015-9162-2


Households rather than individuals are being increasingly used for research and to target and evaluate public policy. As a result accurate and timely household level statistics have become an increasing necessity especially at local level. However, official sources of information on households are fragmented with significant gaps and inaccuracies that limit their usefulness. This paper reviews present statistical arrangements and then describes a new approach to data collection and household classification which combine various local administrative sources. An intermediate step is the creation of local population counts which are converted into household types and these methods are described in two companion papers previously published in this journal. The utility and advantages of the approach are demonstrated using the example of the six Olympic London Boroughs for whom the data collection was undertaken in 2011 and the analysis subsequently.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Administrative data, Household classification, Household statistics, Local applications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Departments: Bayes Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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